A growing number of businesses are turning to cloud solutions to store data and host applications in environments accessible from any device or location. Ninety percent of companies currently use cloud computing and allocate about 30% of their IT budgets to pay for cloud services. By 2021, cloud data centers are expected to be processing 94% of all workloads.

Managed service providers (MSPs) offering cloud solutions must address the unique security challenges businesses face when making the switch to cloud computing and begin incorporating targeted security practices, procedures and technologies into their services to better serve these companies. Businesses need to know their data will be shielded from existing and emerging threats and their customer’s privacy will be protected when they make the switch to a cloud environment.

Benefits of Cloud Security

If you’re wondering whether or not you should add security features to the cloud services you offer your MSP customers, consider the expanding market for cloud computing. A solution once sought mostly by enterprises, cloud-based products and services are now popular among businesses of all sizes. These businesses handle data requiring various levels of protection and are subject to numerous privacy and security regulations. If they can’t be sure you’re able to offer strong, reliable security options, they’ll look elsewhere for an MSP.

When a business entrusts you to remotely manage their IT infrastructure, you become responsible for the safety of the data they store on your servers. Offering security solutions provides numerous benefits to give your customers peace of mind:

  • Backup protection – Automatic backup options help clients manage data and streamline restoration procedures in the event of a disaster, thus preventing gaps in service and promoting optimal uptime.
  • Compliance – Logging and reporting tools provide the information businesses need to conduct detailed audits and demonstrate compliance with various laws and regulations.
  • Data security – Keeping data safe during transmission and monitoring network activity protects sensitive information from cybersecurity threats.
  • Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack protection – Monitors for and defends against DDoS attacks to prevent data loss and system shutdowns when hackers attempt to overwhelm servers with excessive requests.
  • Disaster recovery – Targeted, fast recovery solutions support timely data retrieval and restoration to multiple device types. Data can still be recovered even if original equipment is damaged or destroyed and must be replaced with different models.
  • Flexibility and scalability – Pay-as-you-go services make it possible for MSPs to offer software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to customers using a cost-effective model, and businesses can scale security options up or down as their needs change.
  • Monitoring – Consistent cloud monitoring aids in optimal resource allocation to streamline workflows while ensuring the availability of all necessary resources.
  • Visibility – Businesses get a clear view of data access and use, as well as how security policies and procedures perform in cloud environments.

Because cloud security acts as a single solution for all these considerations, it represents a strategic way to improve your services and attract more customers to your MSP business.

Innovations in Cloud Security

New trends are emerging to address some of the inherent security issues in cloud computing. Technology companies like Acronis are leading the way with innovative products designed to deliver the tools businesses and service providers need to create better cloud security protocols by incorporating:

The Acronis Cyber Summit, a two-and-a-half-day conference taking place from October 13 to 16, will focus on helping MSPs, independent software vendors (ISVs) and other professionals incorporate these innovations into their products and services to improve “the protection of critical data assets and systems” for businesses of all sizes.

Innovations in Cloud Security

Following its vision of integrating data protection with cybersecurity, Acronis will present information on anticipating and responding to security threats, using the cloud to deploy better customer solutions and incorporating blockchain technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning into cyber protection products.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the cyber protection community together at the first Acronis Global Cyber Summit. This is the ultimate destination for resellers, cloud providers, ISVs and enterprise IT to understand and capitalize on the emerging trends, innovations, and actionable insights found where data protection and cyber security converge.” said Serguei Beloussov (SB), Acronis Founder and Executive Officer.

At the summit, MSPs will get the opportunity for a hands-on look at the new Acronis Cyber Platform, which allows developers and ISVs to build custom security options and applications for their customers. Using the Cyber Platform, providers can expand data sources and storage, integrate stronger cyber protections and improve management systems for better data protection.

About Acronis

Acronis leads the world in solving safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges with innovative backup, security, disaster recovery, and enterprise file sync and share solutions that run in hybrid cloud environments: on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge. With these tools and other emerging technologies at your fingertips, you can give your customers the cloud security features they’re looking for and expand your offerings to provide all the benefits of continued protection and monitoring of cloud environments.

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