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Cloud services have come to stay – Tosibox provides secure networking

Pekka Sillanpää, Chief Technology Officer, Tosibox

It’s hard, if not impossible, to try to get by without cloud services. Cloud adoption has increased remarkably in recent years and, according to RightScale, 96 percent of all companies were estimated to use cloud services already in 2018. Gartner forecasts the worldwide public cloud services market to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019.

Cloud solutions make life much easier, but on the other hand, the feeling of insecurity increases when your data is at some indeterminate place and not in your own hands. What if you would like to erase your data? Is it erased after all?

For consumers, the cloud often means Apple iCloud, Dropbox, or even the precious playlists on Spotify. In the corporate world, the situation is different.

When the cloud is set up, it is especially important in the business world to first think about what to expect from the service. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Does the cloud service need to work around the clock, every day of the year?
  2. Do you have to be able to use the cloud service from anywhere?
  3. How is data verified, and can outsiders gain access to company data?
  4. What about error situations, where to get help and how quickly?
  5. What is the acceptable downtime, that is, the time the services can be disabled without the disadvantage being significant?

Benefits and challenges of cloud services

Real-time data acquisition from the edge to the cloud is rapidly growing, with companies looking to reap the benefits of IoT and the Industry 4.0. When the cloud service works, it’s extremely beneficial. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Cloud security: An oxymoron?

However, there are no risk-free clouds. For starters, it should be kept in mind that if the network does not work then neither does the cloud service. The data is “somewhere else”, and sometimes even the companies who provide these services quit. Where is the enterprise data placed then?

Companies are particularly concerned with security risks and sustainability management: According to a survey conducted by Spiceworks, up to 97 percent are concerned about cloud security, and almost one in five have had security challenges. One quarter of organizations do not trust the cloud at all.

You could think that it’s not really the cloud’s fault, but the one’s who has implemented it badly. The cloud brings so many benefits that it would be a shame to throw the baby out with the bathwater only because the service was not implemented with sufficient safety.

According to Rightscale, only a fifth of companies use only public cloud services. Only a measly four percent use only a private cloud. 71 percent resort to hybrid solutions. Without downplaying the public clouds and their benefits: there is however data that you would absolutely not like to see end up in a public cloud. An insecure connection will make the service an attack vector for all objects attached to the cloud. Therefore, protecting the connection is paramount.

Secure connectivity to the cloud

Does this sound alarming, or feel challenging? Concerns are understandable and even healthy, but it’s not hard to protect yourself. Tosibox was born from the idea that establishing secure remote access shouldn’t have to be rocket science or even that expensive, so we have thought these things through for you.

TOSIBOX® Virtual Central Lock is the hub of TOSIBOX® connections, that supports the global cloud leaders, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. TOSIBOX® connectivity improves dramatically the security of connections between devices, users and cloud services. The first-class cyber security enables secure transfer of business-critical information to the cloud service. With our unique two-way connectivity, we provide the benefits of both data acquisition and remote maintenance with one solution. TOSIBOX® is also unlimitedly scalable, which guarantees a cost-efficient solution that expands according to your needs and at the same time as your business.

Subscribe to the free Lite license of the Virtual Central on our website, and discover the benefits. Or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

“An insecure connection will make the service an attack vector for all objects attached to the cloud. Therefore, protecting the connection is paramount.”

Pekka Sillanpää, CTO, Tosibox

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