Pulling Back the Curtain on Cloud Security

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Adam Burnham

By Matt Ploessel, Markley Group Security Architect

If you’re an IT manager, you have probably spent countless hours considering how your organization could (and should) be using the cloud to store data and information. But in today’s digital world, it’s impossible to make those decisions without also considering the security ramifications of any solution you implement. How secure is the public cloud compared to the private cloud? Is the cloud secure enough for all of my data, or do I need an on-premise solution as well? What should my top considerations be when selecting a cloud provider?

What I’ve realized from working with various organizations over the years is this: it doesn’t matter what type of data is being stored, or even how much of it – there is often little transparency when it comes to cloud security. The details of how cloud solutions and services providers secure data is often masked behind a magic curtain – and you’re just expected to “accept” that your data is being protected.

That doesn’t seem right, does it?

At Markley Group, we take a different approach to cloud security. By working in tandem with our customers every step of the way – from implementing the best data storage solution to meet organizations’ individual goals to managed security offerings, such as monitoring and alerts – we’re dedicated to making sure there is no curtain to look behind. By ensuring that every Markley Group customer can tailor their storage and security solutions to their exact needs, we can deliver a different type of service, and do away with the one-size-fits-all approach many providers have adopted.

Here is how Markley Group is changing the way organizations look at cloud security:

  • There are no round pegs in square holes: Just like the customers we work with, no two organizations have the same data storage needs or security requirements. As such, our team of experts works with each customer as individuals, ensuring our services fit exactly what they’re looking for – whether it be full data encryption, a secure sockets layer (SSL) or multiple back up locations.
  • Working as an extension of your team: It’s unlikely that your organization has the resources to employ a full-time, dedicated team to protect your data, but at Markley Group, our goal is to work as a direct extension of your team, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Beyond that, you will always have access to a single point of contact, meaning no wait times or uninformed reps if something goes wrong.
  • Going beyond certifications: Of course it’s important that your cloud service provider meets certain compliance requirements and certifications, such as PCI and HIPAA, but if that’s all that they offer, it’s time to look for a new provider. At Markley Group, we’re more than just a list of certifications. We focus on providing a complete “Security-as-a-Service” offering, from best-of-breed infrastructure and storage environments to unparalleled managed services.

Interested in learning more about Markley Group’s cloud security offerings and the benefits our services could bring to your organization? Get in touch with one of our expert team members today at sales@markleycloud.com.