May 18, 2022

Five benefits of cloud security for your company

Businesses can benefit from the cloud in a variety of ways and global trends indicate that cloud adoption is on the rise. Companies can use the cloud for better collaboration, flexibility, agility and data-driven management strategies. More enterprises are adopting a cloud-first approach to cyber security as a result of the cloud's security benefits.

As businesses expand their digital ecosystems, they become more vulnerable to global cyber security threats. Cloud-based security enables businesses to fight fire with fire by utilising cloud technologies that provide several layers of security. Today's cyber security strategy must be capable of preventing large-scale data breaches, malware infections and protecting company data and networks from a range of attacks.

The intelligence systems that are revolutionising information and data security are at the heart of cloud security. Cloud-based security has the tools it needs to defend against all types of cyberattacks, including new types of threats that have never been seen before, thanks to the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.

For Kenyan businesses, SEACOM Business offers cloud-based security and provides the advanced protection for IT systems and networks. Cloud security is the next generation of cyber security and it offers a variety of benefits.

1. Cloud security allows for better threat detection

There is a strong business case for implementing a comprehensive cyber security framework. The variety and volume of attacks have increased significantly in the last ten years. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, cybercrime is said to have increased by 600%. The issue with cybercrime is that it is always evolving. Traditional antivirus software is no longer capable of supporting the needs of large enterprises, as no two attacks are ever exactly alike.

There is no need to install patches and updates to safeguard systems from new types of malware when using cloud-based security. Instead, cloud security relies on global threat intelligence based on data analytics, end-point scanning and dynamic intelligence to detect any type of network irregularity.

Cloud-based analytics and filtering systems can detect even the most sophisticated attacks launched from multiple locations by seemingly legitimate users. Before the cloud, manual detection would take so long that the attack would be well underway before it could be detected and neutralised.

2. The cloud provides a high level of availability

One of the key features of cloud computing that makes it so appealing to businesses is automation. Employees do not have to worry about losing their work because workloads are automatically backed up on remote servers. The cloud is used to back up data on business networks because it is always on. Workloads can readily be retrieved if something goes wrong. There is a higher risk of things going wrong with physical servers and on-site data centres in the event of bad weather, theft, or power outages.

Virtualised servers can handle data surges without crashing because the cloud offers burstable capacity. There is no chance of the system shutting down due to increased network traffic if a company has a sudden spike in demand. Using the cloud guarantees less downtime for content delivery network (CDN) providers, even when demand for content increases unexpectedly.

3. Cloud-based DDoS protection

Not all spikes in network traffic are caused by actual visitors to the site or application. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are those that use malicious traffic to flood websites and servers. Without adequate protection, this might cause the website to become overburdened and the server to crash.

SEACOM Business's DDoS Protect - a cloud-based cyber security solution - protects business networks from such attacks. Enterprises can use DDoS Protect to deal with various DDoS attacks, including volumetric, slow and low attacks. Slow attacks are difficult to detect because they occur gradually over time. Hackers send partial requests to the network and these requests build up over time until the site ultimately runs out of resources to handle them. Customers who are legitimate users are unable to access the site, resulting in income loss.

Many DDoS attacks are undetectable by traditional anti-malware software because they are covert and subtle. DDoS Protect, on the other hand, makes use of the cloud to monitor massive amounts of data on corporate networks in order to detect and mitigate all sorts of DDoS attacks. Security monitoring systems that are cloud-based provide exceptional network visibility.

4. Cloud security for compliance

It's critical to have 24/7 visibility into what's going on on a company network, especially for companies that have to maintain regulatory compliance. Healthcare and financial industries require extremely high levels of information security, and cloud security ensures that even the most sensitive data is protected. Cloud security ensures that extremely sensitive data is sent to private company networks, while less vital information is stored and processed on public clouds.

All businesses have had to adapt to the remote working model in the last few years. Despite the fact that most offices have reopened, the majority of businesses will continue to offer a hybrid work model that combines on-site and remote working. Virtual private networks (VPNs) can be set up using cloud-based technology to protect business data. Cloud VPNs keep company networks secure even when they're accessed from remote locations using personal devices.

5. Keeping company data secure

Any company with a digital strategy has to protect its resources, data and cloud-based applications. Identity management is simple to set up with cloud technology, granting permissions to specific users or departments while blocking unauthorised access even by company employees. Companies can manage users with access control measures such as multi-factor authentication and permissions can be conveniently managed from a cloud-based console.

Cloud security for Kenyan businesses

The highest levels of data encryption are needed for adequate cyber security, ensuring that all company data can travel safely over both private and public networks. With intelligent systems that use data analytics and filtering to ensure that corporate networks are always on and always protected, cloud security is the next generation of cybersecurity. Kenyan businesses that use the cloud require a cybersecurity solution capable of safeguarding cloud-based data, networks, and servers.

Companies put themselves at risk of data breaches if they don't have adequate security. SEACOM Business offers a variety of cyber security solutions to combat the most sophisticated security threats. For more information or to get a quote for our cloud solutions, email us at or leave us a message.

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