No two businesses are alike. As a result, organizations are increasingly embracing a hybrid IT hosting model, particularly because it offers the flexibility, scalability, support and reliability to match their needs to the right combination of cloud services. But like each business, it requires a smart, deliberate strategy.
As organizations navigate this journey to design and develop a business-optimized hybrid environment, they often encounter myths that make them question whether a hybrid environment is right for them. Here are some of the most common hybrid IT myths that companies encounter as they consider working with a managed-hosting provider and why they shouldn’t be fooled:
Myth: “You can’t be secure in the hybrid cloud.”
Although it’s impossible to eliminate all risk in any situation, organizations can be secure in the hybrid cloud. In fact, cloud environments and their applications aren’t that different from how brick and mortar stores are protected.
Every brick and mortar store puts practices and procedures in place to protect the customers, visitors, employees and revenue-generating items. These practices include having unique IDs and passwords for cash registers, restricted access to certain rooms, locks and alarms to keep out unauthorized personnel, and sensors to let employees know when someone entered the store. Having these in place provide a defense-in-depth approach to enhance the security and protect customers, visitors and employees.
When business functions are cloud-based, things shouldn’t be that different. Using some of the same security practices that brick and mortar businesses implement, cloud-based applications can provide a more secure experience for their users. Like a brick and mortar store, cloud environments can have locks, alarms, sensors and restricted areas. In cloud computing, a defense-in-depth approach can be achieved by enforcing dual-factor authentication with strong passwords; adding industry-leading security solutions to identify, monitor and report suspicious activity; and restricting access to critical systems to only those who need it for the betterment of the business.
While it may be impossible to be fully protected from an attack, by restricting access to critical environments, implementing top-of-the-line cloud security tools, and enforcing dual-factor authentication to data centers and critical applications, a business’s cloud environment and applications will be more difficult for attackers to access. Any hybrid cloud is only as strong as its weakest link, so it’s critical to apply these tools and principals to every component of your hybrid cloud.
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