How Cloud Computing Makes Application-Layer Security More Important Than Ever

For the past couple of decades, workplace computer users have been doubly protected, both through anti-malware and firewalls on the PC and server level. But that dual-layer protection is dissolving as workers discard desktops for mobile devices, accessing applications through equipment that may or may not have adequate spyware protection installed.

Device Safety

With the growing popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in organizations, businesses are understandably concerned about the risks. Once a device is connected to an organization’s network, one infiltration can have disastrous repercussions. Customer data could be compromised or malware could take the network down for a time, costing the business customers and possibly damaging its reputation.

For that reason, it’s more important than ever that businesses ensure application-layer security is in place to protect them. Cloud providers are working hard to put measures in place to put Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and password brute-force detection measures in place for each of its accounts. These extra measures will ensure only those who are authorized to access your business’s accounts are able to get in, further safeguarding your infrastructure.

Encryption and Protection

There are several ways application-layer security can protect a business. One is to put measures in place that authenticate each access of that application on a designated network, no matter which device is accessing it. This Identification and Authentication process is used by many cloud providers. Encryption is also a popular tool for cloud service providers who employ application-layer security for their clients.

As more businesses migrate to the cloud, it’s important that they have professionals in place who can evaluate each of these required security layers in order to protect all aspects of operations. Cloud services professionals specialize in answering these questions to help put a business’s minds at ease.