The digital economy and e-commerce are becoming more widespread and rapidly developing. Now that lockdown and crisis are putting pressure on businesses and displacing them in the digital space, data security issues are particularly acute. Cloud technology allows companies to digitize and scale a business quickly. However, can clouds provide the data security they need?
Data for a digital business is a strategically important element. Leaking, compromising, unauthorized data removal can lead to a crisis and company collapse. According to the Cloud Security Report 2019
, dedicated to cloud storage security, the main reason companies are wary of rapidly adopting cloud technology is data security problems (57% of organizations identified this reason as the primary). Still, cloud services are crucial for corporations today, and developing new ways to protect data in the cloud is becoming more relevant.
Is the Cloud Safer?
Cloud services are a more stable and controlled environment than most private IT infrastructures. Developing and maintaining data security systems in an enterprise is a costly and time-consuming process that only a small percent of companies can afford. For a cloud service provider, security is a priority part of expenditure on which its reputation and revenues depend directly.
To stay afloat in the market environment, the cloud provider must offer customers new opportunities and solutions in terms of data security. New encryption schemes, cloud architecture, firewalls, cloud infrastructure, and server space are improving. Everything in the data center is organized around the main safety requirement: the height of the premises, the placement of shelving, temperature and wet mode, video surveillance, and fire safety systems, etc.
Encryption and Delineation of Access
From both infrastructure and software, cloud providers protect data as much as possible. Today's security solutions should cover all distributed infrastructure, scale due to increasing applications dynamically, and automatically adapt as infrastructure adjusts to changing requirements.
Data on cloud servers is stored encrypted. Cloud companies have specialized software to encrypt data with a reliable cryptographic protection method. Data encryption programs provide access to user password-only data. Thus, even with a hard drive on hand, the attacker will not be able to get the data without a password.
Cloud systems regularly back up all the data to keep it protected. Current protocols and algorithms have also made it possible to encrypt data transmission channels from computer to server and server to computer. It is necessary when an Internet connection is vulnerable.
The distinction of access rights among the two allows some employees to modify, copy, delete files, transfer them to a local computer and send them to print, while others only open those files. For monitoring and management, delineating access rights is a convenient security tool. Employees and customers have access to the right information in real-time anywhere and on any device, while important documents remain secure.
Data protection works differently in public, private, and hybrid clouds
. In public clouds, the responsibility for security lies entirely with the cloud provider. The security of private and hybrid clouds largely depends on the user company but allows this company to be more confident in the safety of its data.
The Future of The Clouds
Today, new technologies and software solutions are emerging on the market, making the clouds trustworthy. FCE enhances the security of cloud servers by connecting the blockchain. With this technology, cloud services become secure enough to make online transactions, supply chain monitoring systems, and the organization's internal management, ERP, and the exchange of sensitive data.
The cloud services by FCE - PRORID, DOCFLOC, and BISTRA - can operate both based on FCE cloud servers and private clouds of companies, as online business services and with the blockchain-backed data protection. PRORID is the protected entry
and storage of supply chain data that will make business transparent and manageable. To digitize the flow of documents, FCE has DOCFLOC
, a document service, storing and signing contracts, and other documents. BISTRA is a system of management
and business processes, where joint access to data about the company's work improves the efficiency of the entire organization. A secure and flexible scalable toolkit makes FCE an ecosystem for digitizing the real sector.
A distributed ledger is a storage architecture that excludes any unauthorized interference. Combined with a one-way encryption, FCE distributed ledger
provides data invulnerability in its cloud services.
However, the current issue of cloud security plays a significant role but is not the most critical for the process of digitalization and cloudization of business. Now, the problem of cloud software integration into the existing infrastructure of the organization is more serious. Surely, cloud security means a lot, but at the same time, the companies should not overestimate this to the detriment of other tasks. The future of clouds depends not so much on new security systems as on the collaboration of the real sector and cloud providers.