Businesses are understandably and rightly concerned about the security of their data and even more so when that data is hosted in a nebulous “Cloud” – no pun intended.
My typical answer to that concern is rather straightforward and simple: if you use a “Name Brand” cloud services provider, in this case let’s talk about Google, it is almost certain that their security practices are far superior to your own. It’s nearly certain that your data is far safer in Google’s cloud than it is in your office.
IT security is an incredibly complex field that encompasses broad areas including obvious areas like physical premises, hardware, operating system updates, software bugs and also not-so-obvious aspects like disposal of expired hardware.
If you want better peace of mind in terms of the security of your data and are considering using Google Apps or Gmail for business, I suggest you watch this well-done 7 minute video.
You might also scan through this article, “Top ten reasons why customers trust Google Apps with their business data” and those reasons are:
- Powerful administration tools give you control of your data
- Pure and proven cloud architecture
- Patch management
- Strong authentication
- Disaster recovery
- Third party verifications
- Information security expertise
- Secure connections for users
- High availability
- Reduced risk of data breach