Cloud-based security differs from on-premises security in that, rather than buying, installing and configuring your own software/hardware, you pay a recurring fee to use a service provider’s email and web security infrastructure. Email and web traffic data is re-routed through the service provider’s data centre. This ultimately alleviates the need to update and maintain a new security system.
Relinquishing the need for security maintenance is great for small-to-medium-sized companies, especially as 50% of targeted attacks are focused on businesses with less than 2,500 employees. Strong security can also reduces the per capita cost of a data breach. Of all data breaches, 37% are caused by a malicious/criminal attack, and 23% of email malware contained a URL rather than attachment.
Due to privacy concerns, there should be a robust data loss prevention (DLP) policy in place, and any cloud-based security system should be transparent in the areas they operate in and have a meaningful service level agreement.
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