When companies arrive at the point of actually creating terms and conditions for adopting cloud, security is one of the first factors they scrutinise, according to the Longhaus Cloud Pulse report. The research firm has observed many Australian cloud service providers offering only “perimeter security,” mostly focused on the firewall, intrusion detection and virus filters.
Longhaus reports that this approach to security leaves the valuable data housed inside the cloud more vulnerable to attack, because there is more sensitive information in one place to which increasingly clever hackers can gain access all at once. The other issue is that the actual “perimeter” has become hard to define thanks to increased mobility overtaking enterprises in the form of Bring Your Own Device and outsourcing to other countries.
As indicated in the Longhaus Cloud Report, Datacom is part of the 69 per cent of Australian cloud providers with its own in-house security team. We rely on global best practices to offer data monitoring and protection for enterprise-level cloud. We’re a private cloud provider that supplies low-level infrastructure sharing so cloud users’ data isn’t exposed to others. In addition, we provide:
- End-to-end security of your infrastructure
- Antivirus at the hypervisor level so there’s no need for backup agents inside the guest
- Physically isolated hardware-based intrusion detection/prevention systems
The Longhaus Cloud Pulse report touts cloud service providers with a suite of security features as being better positioned to protect data. Some of these security elements will include endpoint security, wireless encryption and database scanning. Cloud service providers like Datacom also take into account the Information Security considerations expressed by the Defence Signals Directorate
of the Australian government, which include redundancy and backup of data, aligning the cloud model with your enterprise’s risk tolerance and how available the cloud service provider is for questions or concerns.