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Importance Of Cyber Security In Data Centre And Cloud

As “Data” is the new currency and “Data Centre” stores this data, the risk to data centre has increased manifold

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From ages, human beings have tried to protect all things important to them in various ways. For material things, they tried to build walls to ensure that no unauthorized person can come in to take away the treasure. When people started jumping over the walls, they tried to increase the heights of the wall. Still, that was not sufficient, therefore they started putting edged stones etc. on walls so that when you put your hands on it, the same will hurt you. People though found ways around it, hence guards along with locks were put up, safe were built and one can go on.  But even today people get around it and steal the treasure.

The lure of treasure it seems encourages people try to find loopholes in security so that they can get their hands on the same. More expensive treasure, more people will try sometimes in the hope that they get lucky. Although in some cases they know that if they are caught they could be hanged, still people try the same.

As “Data” is the new currency and “Data Centre” stores this data, the risk to data centre has increased manifold. Due to lot of experience from ages ago, we are able to anticipate and plan for physical access and try to block and make access more stringent, but like all things, it cannot be 100%, though many are able to achieve near 100%.

However with the explosion of technology and its usage, following 3 things have happened:

  • People have become mobile with the use of mobile technology and they need data on the go i.e. outside office premises.
  • Data Centre has become complex to meet the complex requirements and therefore more capital intensive.
  • Due to point 2 above, “Data Centre’s” have started to move to “Cloud”.

The “On Cloud” data centre concept brings flexibility in deployment, helps in expanding very quickly depending upon the business requirement, however more importantly it reduces the need of having a space suitable for Data centre and the capital outlay that one would need to invest. With the above benefits, it has helped lot of companies especially start-ups to reduce their capital requirements in Data Centre, thus freeing up cash for other investment and still giving them the option to expand in line with their business. For established players who have already invested a significant money in Data Centre the movement comes with lot of strings attached. However, in all scenarios from control point of view, the physical risk is getting transferred to the Cloud Service Provider.

Hence in addition to the physical risk, now there is a “Cyber” i.e. access from remote location on your Data Centre. The same technology which is a boon for consumers have now given an opportunity to someone sitting miles away from Data Centre and try to breach the security to get access to data. Many tools developed as part of the technology explosion have now made tp find access (in case of any loophole) very easy. By the same logic, it has made the cost of securing the data more expensive and requiring extreme disciple to continue to do the same on day to day basis.

Cyber Security hence has become equally important as Physical Security in relation to the Data Centre irrespective of the location or ownership of Data Centre. I feel that if we do not take Cyber Security in this age and time then the adage that “It takes years to build a reputation and few minutes to ruin it.” Will become true with the new age saying that, “It takes years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.”

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Lalit Popli

The author is Head - IT, ICICI Prudential

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