One of the questions we get most often at Tempus Nova is if customer data is truly secure in the cloud with G Suite. And we’re glad you asked. We all know of the threats to our valuable information. Malware, hackers — they’re out there, and the idea of your data not being safeguarded through your firewalls, or stored in your on-premise servers — can be a scary prospect!
But consider this: keeping all of your valuable company information in one place, in one network, in your physical servers is keeping all of your eggs in one basket. If one virus penetrates — if there’s one failure of the firewall, if one person hacks into your tech infrastructure, your information is compromised. That’s it. Your eggs are broken. Your IT staff will perform heroics to keep the attacks at bay and protect what information they can, but inevitably, you will be victim to information loss and violation.
Also, how many times have you, or someone in our organization, lost a laptop, thumb drive, or CD with important information on it? We’re human; these things happen. But many of us, while we might back up information on a server, will keep lots of important files on our hard drives or on portable data storage.
Now let’s look at the cloud. Rather than keep all of your information in one vulnerable spot, the cloud stores it dynamically. Your data is “sharded” — the equivalent of running your data through a shredder and spreading it out across the country. Since it’s distributed across Google’s data centers, anyone attempting to access your data will only be able to grab scraps at best. Not to mention that Google’s two-factor authentication keeps hackers from getting your usernames and passwords. No eggs in a basket here — your data is separated and secure from threats. Additionally, using the cloud for document and data storage keeps it safeguarded, so if you lose your laptop, there’s no information on the device to be stolen.
Not only does the cloud infrastructure protect your data, G Suite and Google data centers are also SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II SOC 2-audited and have achieved ISO 27001 certification. These independent, external standards are the same standards any on-premise system must achieve to be considered secure.
Overall? Not only is G Suite just as secure as your on-premise system, but with data sharding, two-factor authentication, and the ability to move your data dynamically to keep it safe, you can feel confident that your data is more secure in the cloud.
For more information:
- G Suite Security
- G Suite Security and Privacy FAQs
- Security Whitepaper: G Suite Messaging and Collaboration Products
Want Tempus Nova to help your organization keep its information safe and secure in the cloud? Contact us today.