5 Reasons A Private Cloud is Safer Than Your Local Server

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I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to speak to many law firms and solo practicing attorney’s on a day to day basis. There are several key concerns that they ask me to address whenever the topic of going to the Private Cloud comes up. One of the biggest, if not the biggest hurdle in moving to a cloud solution is the fear of parting ways with your data and having it stored in someone elses infrastructure.

At the 2014 RSA Conference (a cryptography and information security-related conference), Bruce Schneier a very well known expert in the field said:

“When we outsource infrastructure, we do it because when we consolidate expertise you get better results. You don’t run your own airline or do your own taxes. There is enormous value in having an entity that is in charge of that”

With that being said; here are my 5 strong reasons why a Private Cloud solution can be much safer than your local network.

  1. Consolidated Expertise

    By outsourcing your IT infrastructure to a reputable Private Cloud provider, you are gaining a much greater amount of both physical and logical security. These providers spend millions of dollars in salaries ensuring they have the right staff in place to protect your data at scale. The level of security you get from a professionally managed datacenter is far more than any law firm can achieve on their own.

  2. Increase, Not Decrease of Control 

    Some Private Cloud carriers can offer you a wide array of additional security features that would not be available to you on your local network without spending a fortune on hardware and the IT staff to implement it. Two step authentication, geographical restrictions, and round the clock monitoring are just a few that stand out. The odds of an angry employee being able to go in and make permanent damages is also very unlikely and often reversible.

  3. Disaster Proof

    Hurricane Sandy affected quite a few law firms and it brought along with it quite an overwhelming interest in cloud based solutions. Even more recently a client of mine quoted : “We just found out our disaster recovery system truly SUCKS after having lived through hurricane Odile that just hit us in Cabo on September 14”. Legitimate Private Cloud providers will have collocations setup properly in geographically redundant locations to avoid data loss and in some cases take that a step further with business continuity management systems which will allow firms to not even miss the slightest beat during a disaster.

  4. Burglar Proof 

    Most data breaches happen when an employee misplaces or has his/her laptop stolen. Because with the Private Cloud no data is stored locally, the thief wouldn’t have access to any of your sensitive data after cracking the password to your laptop. All they’ll see are files and media that you’ve stored locally onto your computer.

  5. Professionally Managed Resources

    Another common source for hackers to pry into your computers is through outdated software and Internet browsers. It’s the reason Windows and other programs like Google Chrome or FireFox come out with so many frequent updates to protect your system. Many attorney’s (and most business folk) hit the “remind me later” button when they see an update for their software. They’re also extremely slow on updating their hardware to a level that would be deemed appropriate from a security stand point. Through a managed solution though, that responsibility falls on someone else who’s sole existence is making sure things are properly up to date and secure.

One other point that I didn’t really highlight here is that through a Private Cloud solution you will know exactly where your data resides. The same can’t be said for Public Cloud and the more commonly used SaaS (Software as a Service) applications. Unfortunately many practice management providers fall into the Public Cloud category and that’s why I feel the topic should get it’s own post in the near future.

Feel free to drop a line with any additional input or questions. I’d love to hear what other concerns you may have about the security of a Private Cloud.

 

 

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