Cloud is ubiquitous. More than 80 percent of companies are using public cloud. So why do myths and misconceptions about cloud continue to linger? In our last blog, we addressed the perception that cloud migration is disruptive. In this post, we want to shed light on the myth that public cloud is not secure.

While it’s true that hyperscale public cloud services such as Google, AWS and Azure are major targets for hacking, these companies possess the resources to effectively protect against cyber security threats. These hyperscalers set the standard for security best practices.

In addition to the built-in security measures offered by public cloud providers, companies can reinforce a public cloud environment by selecting a managed service provider (MSP) that offers additional layers of security.

MSPs provide additional security tools including intrusion detection and solutions for security at network, application and endpoint. For example, providers can enable access to firewalls and antivirus software. Real-time security monitoring, encryption technologies and security patches and updates also are available for public cloud clients.

One of the strongest arguments for public cloud is that MSPs offer service level agreements (SLAs) that hold them accountable (something inhouse IT staffs do not provide). It is the job of the MSP to keep clients’ public cloud environments secure and functional 24 hours a day, every day.

It is this level of confidence in security best practices that compels large enterprise to trust MSPs to manage their public cloud environments. To reiterate, the public hyperscale providers like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, have the capital to implement and support strong security measures. With the additional real-time security solutions offered by MSPs, even the largest, most risk averse companies can benefit from the advantages of public cloud infrastructure.

The reality is that public cloud environments are secure. With 89 percent of companies using public cloud to some extent, the practice is growing thanks to Hyperscale providers’ vested interest in protecting against cybercrime and the additional layer of MSP security offerings. By paying attention to SLA, clients can wisely select an MSP that will best protect their assets. Advisors like Nuvalo can help determine which assets should remain in private cloud and which can safely migrate to public cloud.

Stay tuned for our next post that dissects the myth about monetizing public cloud services.

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