Whether your business qualifies as a data controller in the eyes of the law according to the Data Protection Act or your business simply relies on the security and availability of your data, security is always an issue that needs attention before an event rather than a remedy afterward.

As most businesses are moving their operations to the cloud, keeping up with the changes in data security becomes a full-time job and unless you are actively working in data security, it’s hard to stay one step ahead of the hackers. Understanding where your data is most vulnerable is often the best way to combat any threat and in most cases, that means keeping your software up to date.

The Problem with Data Security

Any business using IT and especially cloud computing solutions need to keep their software up to date. Most subscription-based cloud services provide free updates that remove vulnerabilities as they appear. For example, your customer data is stored in a cloud-based SQL database that is hosted remotely and there are zero vulnerabilities because your staff access it through a bespoke browser that is only available from your in-house machines.

Sounds great, but a seasoned hacker would not try to access the database directly. Instead, the hacker would spoof access and the watertight data security on your SQL database would have no idea that the hacker was not who they pretend to be. If you manage your own data security and are unable to detect a spoof attack then you potentially have a problem that could cost your business heavily. The point is that a hacker would only target the weakest part of your network and an access point is a potential vulnerability. With most businesses using multiple networks such as private LAN or WAN as well as local networks each with access to the internet (WAN), data security is a growing issue that is becoming harder to handle in-house.

Enterprise Security Solutions

One way to alleviate the pressure is to move to cloud computing completely and limit the number of access points. If you’ve just invested in a cloud solution from Dell, surely it makes sense to use a cloud data security solution from Dell although any provider of cloud data security should be able to handle threats on any hardware if you’ve moved completely to the cloud.

It’s against our instincts to think that remote computing could be more secure than data on a local network, but consider this; accessing your cloud-based apps requires only access to the apps from your local machines and that means one access point for one network. When your staff has logged into the remote machine, they can perform all the same functions they would usually perform on a local machine if you have a platform as a service subscription.

Being part of the Dell team, I know we have a great range of data security solutions available, which can be found on our site. Visit the site and browse the solutions on offer.