Why Security Matters

Is cloud security a priority for your organization?

If you’re one of the 31% of organizations without adequate cyber security resources to defend against threats, you likely have your reasons, such as:

  • Not enough budget allocated for security
  • You believe your cloud provider is responsible
  • You’ve met your compliance requirements and don’t want additional controls (i.e. believing that HIPAA compliance in the cloud is enough to keep your data secure.)

Regardless of your rationale, you’re putting you and your customers at risk by not prioritizing the highest level of protection for your data workloads and applications.

Why Security Matters in the Cloud

Understanding why security matters is critical to protecting your organization’s future. The reasons for its importance are simple:

  • It helps prevent costly and damaging data breaches
  • Your cloud provider only manages part of your security
  • Being compliant isn’t enough

This realization is the first step toward defending yourself against increasingly sophisticated and very real cyber threats. Read below to learn why securing your cloud can’t be an afterthought.

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Worth the Investment

The true cost of a cyber breach

More than 1.3 billion records were breached last year. That’s 44 breached records every second –  up 84% since 2015. Healthcare and financial services were the most targeted, but every industry was affected, with technology, retail, government, and education organizations breached in 2016.

The true cost of a cyber breach is enormous. Data breaches not only put your customer’s information at risk, but they can damage your reputation. And, on top of lost revenue, there’s also insurance payouts ($3 million average), crisis services ($375K average), legal settlements ($815K average) and regulatory fines (two telecom carriers were fined by the FCC for $10 million in 2014).

So, it’s not a matter of IF a threat actor will target your network it’s a matter of WHEN. And, if they overcome your defenses, it becomes a race against time to limit the damage. Investing in your cloud security helps lower the chance of compromise and ensure that successful attacks are remediated quickly.

Take the first step toward prioritizing cloud security with the Armor Advisor tool. In 30 seconds, you’ll know the right security solution for your cloud.

Your Cloud Services Provider Won’t Do It For You

Understanding the shared responsibility model

It’s a common misconception that your cloud provider secures your data. While some providers offer security tools, the fact is, you’re responsible for everything operating on their cloud, such as data workloads and applications.

Your cloud provider is only responsible for securing the infrastructure powering your cloud, such as the data center, physical servers and cloud management platforms.

Armor Anywhere was developed to lower the burden of shared responsibility in any cloud, including public, private or hybrid environments. It easily integrates on top of your cloud-hosted data workloads and applications to provide a perfect balance of security, cost-effectiveness and cloud accessibility.

See how Armor Anywhere closes the shared responsibility gap for cloud-ready organizations.

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Compliance Isn’t Enough

Why compliance is an outcome of security, not the driver of it

There’s no doubt that compliance is important. However, it’s only one outcome of cloud security and shouldn’t be mistaken as its driver. Compliance standards are static and don’t evolve as rapidly as cyber threats. So, instead of providing a comprehensive layer of protection, compliance essentially becomes the lowest common denominator of security requirements for cloud-ready organizations. The 2013 Target Corp. breach is a clear example of this challenge as they were declared PCI-compliant just two months prior to the breach.

Don’t make life easier for threat actors. The goal of every cloud security program should be achieving the highest level of reliable protection, instead of stopping your pursuit of security at HIPAA or PCI compliance in the cloud. Compliance should be the outcome of security, not its driver.

Learn more about the difference between security vs. compliance.

Get Serious About Cloud Security

Take the first step toward a Totally Secure cloud

Once you understand the importance of cloud security, it’s time to act. However, that’s not always easy with the overabundance of security solution; it’s difficult to know where to start.

This where Armor stands apart.

As The First Totally Secure Cloud CompanyTM, we’ve created a standard for managed cloud security that all solutions must be measured against.

It’s time to make cloud security a priority for your organization. Take the first step toward a Totally Secure CloudTM with Armor.

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How To Secure Your Cloud

Defined by six essential cloud security elements, Armor’s Totally Secure Cloud™ is a standard all security solutions should be measured against. This infographic is designed to show you what Totally Secure looks like and why there’s no substitute for a Totally Secure Cloud.

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