Trust the cloud for security

People have been wary of the cloud for as long as it has been around. But how founded are their concerns? Is the cloud safe? Cloud supporters will be quick to tell you that the cloud is as safe as you want it to be – something that is being accepted on a much more frequent basis.

One of the biggest obstacles that a business can face is resistance to the cloud thanks to unfair stigmas. But enterprises are missing out on a secure technology if they fail to implement the cloud in some way. As long as natural precautions are taken, the cloud can be leveraged in a variety of different instances.

“The major misconception concerning IT security is the location of your data,” wrote ITProPortal contributor Bob Spiegal. “With cloud based applications, data is stored on servers, hardware and systems you don’t have direct control over or ownership of. While this may make some business owners think that their data is less secure, it’s the other way around: because your data is stored offsite in servers and cloud applications you don’t own, it is more secure.”

The cloud is helping many legacy channels to find new life in the modern enterprise. One such platform is the fax machine. Fax servers can be paired with cloud technology and accessed remotely via smartphones and laptops, making it an ideal asset for the 21st century.

Cloud can be secured with effort
Like any other piece of enterprise technology, the cloud is what you make it. If security measures are not put into place, then a company is going to be vulnerable. If it is acknowledged that defense is an ongoing task that must constantly be addressed, then there is little chance of failure.

Plenty of organizations understand this – including the government. According to Nextgov contributor Frank Konkel, federal officials are attempting to put regulations in place that will allow the cloud to be secure enough for government use.

“The so-called high-impact baseline under the Federal Information Security Management Act has been discussed since FedRAMP – the government’s program to standardize cloud security requirements – was created nearly three years ago,” Konkel wrote. “But it’s become a major priority because of recent demand from both the Defense Department and civilian agencies.”

This is thanks to the boom in personal cloud use that has occurred over the last few years. As more people become accustomed to what the cloud is and how it works, they are more likely to support it in their offices. This will help to start the conversation about how the cloud can be used to assist daily operations.

Cloud-based fax is becoming essential
Being concerned about the cloud is becoming a rare trait. More companies are experiencing first-hand what the cloud can do, and as such they are deploying it in as many ways as possible. For many companies, faxing is still a common occurrence. Yet the use of paper is rapidly declining in the workplace, and faxing is considered inconvenient. Cloud-based faxing, however, removes the need for paper messages. People can send and receive private faxes directly from their phones, even if the other party is still running on a standard machine. This kind of flexibility is what the cloud has become known for.

For those organizations that are still avoiding the cloud, it’s time to revaluate strategies. Cloud-based faxing is an incredible asset for those who still require the medium in their industry.

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