15 Feb 2022

How secure is the cloud?

When organizations are considering a move to the cloud, the primary question is this: does hosting our data in the cloud make our business more vulnerable to attack?

It goes without saying that all cloud-based or traditional systems are vulnerable to attack. Therefore, they should be regularly tested by third-party professional hackers to make sure they are secure. Vulnerability testing is a must, as, simply put, untested systems are unsecured systems.

But one of the best cures for that concern is cloud encryption. Cloud encryption delivers additional levels of defense, providing an effective antidote to this anxiety.

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For example, when using SPC Connect, Vanderbilt ensures the process is highly secure thanks to implementing the FlexC protocol. This uses AES 256-bit SSL encryption at the server level – the same grade used by banks and hospitals.

Encrypting anything before you send it to the cloud adds an extra cushion of control and power over that data. It provides an added defensive structure around a company’s information. It adds peace of mind to the equation when relaying this data to the cloud. 

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Your data is encrypted under this encryption scheme before it ever leaves your device. After the encryption process is completed, files are transferred over the internet to your cloud storage space. Once they arrive, they’re kept encrypted at rest on your cloud provider’s servers.

This means that no one can decrypt your files and access their contents, not even your cloud storage provider. Suppose your data is intercepted during transfer to or from the cloud. In that case, the attacker won’t have the information needed to decrypt your files.