Statistical studies on cyber threats and their prevalence indicate that more than 30,000 websites are infected every single day. About 80% of the infected sites are legitimate and have been infected over the Internet via the web. Viruses, Trojans, malware are drive-by downloads that have to be reckoned with. It is believed that an average business encounters as many as 5,000 malware threats every month. With increasing number of enterprises migrating to the Cloud and variety in the devices that connect to enterprise accounts in the Cloud, the threat has become ever present reality for everyone. Understanding the threat and getting ready to deal with it is just the beginning.
The good news is that there is technology available to combat the threats. Cloud vendors servicing the needs of small and medium sized businesses in the public Cloud use these technologies to ensure that their customers are not subjected to the threat of data loss by cyber criminals prowling the World Wide Web.
For instance, online businesses are secured with state of the art gateway solutions. This is one of the fastest growing markets in the Cloud and the number of available security tools is expected to geometrically increase over the next decade. These solutions filter malware and adware and all kinds of viruses that may infect the website. They enforce Internet policy compliance by insisting on URL filtering, malicious code detection, and use of application controls for frequently used web-based applications. Several gateways include data loss prevention (DLP) tools.
Since all maintenance and management of the security tools is abstracted to the Cloud vendor, the vendors are eager to embrace these tools to differentiate themselves from their competitors. This ambitious drive secures Cloud computing and makes it attractive to the end user—the small and medium enterprise. A quick look at the list of available solutions is revealing. Vendors are looking seriously at solutions that will help them secure their customer data and provide them with effective protection against zero day threats and spam servers. They make the effort to ensure that their customers remain protected by provisioning systems to detect threats in real time. Comprehensive databases of signatures and URLs are maintained to ensure immediate deployment of filters. All this makes for better security performance and efficiently supports the needs of mobile workforces.
But, it should be remembered that not all security solutions are equally effective. Examine and evaluate the solutions that are offered by your Cloud vendor before you make that all important decision of adopting the Cloud for your data distribution needs.
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