Ransomware is a Big Business — Just Ask Colonial Pipeline. Here’s How to Protect Your Company with Cloud Hosting.
May 20, 2021
You already know about the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that caused fuel shortages in the southeastern United States last week. If hackers can get to Colonial Pipeline, how difficult do you think it is for them to get to your servers? Colonial Pipeline's situation was only resolved because they paid the attacker the ransom they demanded, and according to the Ransomware Task Force, nearly 2,400 institutions in the United States were hit by ransomware in 2020. And of those companies, more than half paid some form of ransom — estimated last year to average about $312,000 per attack.
Now more than ever, it is critical for your business’s security to make the switch to cloud hosting. Why? Because cloud hosting offers layers of protection, disaster recovery, and risk management services you just can’t get with on-premise servers.
What Is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting simply means your software and data are stored in a secure data center but can be easily and accessed by your business from any location. When hosting your system in the cloud, a secure data partner manages the heavy lifting, which frees you from constantly maintaining and troubleshooting your own in-house servers. Cloud hosting can be used for operations like running accounting and ERP systems, developing software systems, storing data, managing eCommerce, or enabling remote-accessible desktop work environments. It is a modern approach to network infrastructure with failover redundancy that relies on sophisticated servers run off-site at a highly secured data center instead of putting all of your eggs in one basket with an on-premise server of your own.
Why Cloud Hosting Is Safe
Unlike cloud hosting, typical on-premise servers require many additional services and greater expenses to keep them secure. First, business owners need to protect their servers from digital security threats such as viruses and cybercriminals. Second, there is the very real risk of in-person compromise from break-ins or employee theft. Third, natural disasters, inexplicable crashes and other system failures put your business at risk of losing all or substantial amounts of digital assets. Properly protecting your data involves buying expensive antivirus licenses, implementing physical security, hiring IT personnel, establishing recovery systems off-site, and regularly updating hardware that’s reached “end of life.”
Cloud hosting eliminates all of those pain points. Our data centers are heavily protected both on-premise and virtually using the highest standards of security. We provide peace of mind that’s too expensive for the average business to achieve at its own location. When partnering with Attivo, you can rest assured that not only are you getting the best technology for your data management needs but that you’re also getting the best security money can buy. The best part? Our services significantly reduce your IT costs and overall spend. It’s a win-win.
Ready to move your manufacturing or distribution business to the secure cloud?
If you’re tired of using outdated systems and the extensive costs of managing on-premise servers, transitioning to the cloud may be for you. With the Attivo Dedicated Cloud, we have helped clients regain control of their company’s information systems through world-class business management systems and significantly reduce costs. Click here to learn more about hosting ERP systems like SAP Business One, Macola and other ERP systems in the cloud.
If you have questions about cloud hosting and how Attivo can help effectively transition your business give us a call at 877-428-8486.
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