Discover Germany | Special Theme | Consumer Electronic & Technology Trends 2017
because they do not need to organise and provide hardware before starting to work. With cloud computing, there are fewer downtimes, which not only improves internal processes but also customer services. Above all, cloud computing saves money: less capital has to be invested into infrastructure and to build capacities and of course the greater reliability in the end also saves costs. “We think there are indeed security advantages in choosing a cloud because cloud providers have a tangible economic incentive to protect their customers,” says Gronau. None the less, there are certain steps companies should take to ensure their own safety in the age of digitalisation. Identity management and permissions are key for information security when it comes to cloud computing, a field Gronau IT Cloud Computing GmbH is an expert in. “Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) can help at the beginning to win back compliance and control,” explains Pierre Gronau. “Sadly enough, these are technically very complex topics and due to this cannot be handled by IT generalists.” Next to already challenging technical aspects, there are also national and international regulations concerning data security and personal data to be considered. Data protection and security are the main guarantees necessary to protect intellectual property. “The
main factor to protect data during transport, cloud storage and processing is the encryption,” says Gronau. Organisational discipline is needed when it comes to key management.“You can only have full control over your data, when you don’t entrust your keys to a third person.” Enabling clients to battle cyber attacks Even with all the relevant security measures in place, there is never a 100 per cent security against for instance cyber attacks. This is why companies have to be enabled to react very fast in case of an attack to keep data safe and reduce damage. “Our advice: Do trust your admin and give him space for further education and training in how to tackle cyber attacks,” Gronau emphasises.
Another aspect when considering cloud computing are the costs. Indeed, those can become quiet high if companies try to build it from scratch. Gronau IT Cloud Computing GmbH can help to find solutions that are cost effective and secure at the same time, relying on already existing models, or to build made-to-measure solutions according to a company’s individual needs.“Companies should focus on security inside the cloud and advance their digital transformation from a business perspective,” explains Pierre Gronau. Only when bringing together business ideas, flexible safety measures and cost-effective solutions can a company be made fit for a digital transformation and mobile future. www.gronau-it-cloud-computing.de
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