On-premise security means your servers and data are physically located at your business, and your backup and restore them when your network fails. Except if you decide to outsource support, you are responsible for maintaining your network.
You have your servers and data hosted by a third party in a data center with cloud-based security. These companies can assist with network management.
Pros of On-premise Security
Because your entire network, including your servers and data, is located in your office, on-premises solutions are infinitely customizable. Costly as it may be, it allows one to create a custom solution suited to their needs.
- Compliance with regulations
The storage and sharing of data must adhere to compliance regulations for many companies, especially those in the legal, healthcare, and financial industries.
Datacenter companies might not be as comfortable housing their data in the office as companies with especially strict cyber security policies.
On-premises servers, however, pose some security risks. The servers in your office may be more vulnerable to break-ins and weather, like tornadoes, than data centers, which have a dedicated security team and are built to withstand acts of nature like fires.
- For companies with their own IT staff
It may make sense to keep your cyber security in-house if your company already has an internal IT team. Even if you have to invest in hardware and software upfront, you will have a dedicated team of staff who will manage the infrastructure once it’s up and running, thus keeping data both secure and close at hand.
For small to medium-sized businesses, on-premise security is often cheaper up-front, especially if you already have in-house IT. Purchasing your servers could be a worthwhile investment. You could also save money by having a dedicated internal IT team rather than outsourcing support.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that maintaining and repairing servers can cost a lot, and if your servers break down or become outdated, you’re responsible for replacing them.
Cons of On-Premise Security
- Scalable on time
To scale security for on-premise data centers, IT hardware procurement may take some time and research.
- Increasing the need for on-site security
Certain businesses may be more vulnerable to physical threats such as property damage without the right team and safety controls.
Pros of Cloud Security
- Security Quality
It may be more secure for some businesses to use the cloud because your data isn’t physically located at your office, where hackers or employees with bad intentions can easily access it. Data breaches are therefore less likely to occur.
In addition, cloud-based data isn’t as vulnerable to robbers and acts of nature because data centers typically have reinforced walls and advanced fire/temperature gauging systems, among other security features.
In a cloud-based security system, data center employees are solely responsible for protecting your data. As an alternative, if you only have internal IT personnel to protect your data, those employees might have too many tasks on their plate, resulting in less time to dedicate exclusively to protecting your network.
While on-premise setups can also keep data secure with high efficiency at the start, a cloud-based system can become more secure over time as it learns your network and grows with you.
- Compliance with regulatory requirements
The cloud might be viewed as a threat by companies who must comply with data privacy regulations, but as long as their cloud security provider does their due diligence in staying compliant and up to date, risk can be effectively mitigated.
Gartner predicts that 95% of cloud-based security failures will be due to customers, for instance, if they fall for phishing schemes or use easy-to-crack passwords. By training your employees on cyber security best practices, you could manage some of the risks of cloud-based data breaches.
- Storage Immortality
Today’s cutting-edge technology can easily become obsolete tomorrow because technology changes at such a rapid pace. The cost and time associated with moving your data can be a problem if you’re on-premise data centers fail or become obsolete.
Your data is housed in a data center forever when you store it in the cloud. It is particularly advantageous because, as more job operations move online, having your data already in a data center can streamline business operations.
- Downtime is minimal
The effects of downtime on a company can be significant. Because it backups your data in multiple places, the cloud may be a good option for businesses that want to keep network downtime to a minimum.
As a result, you can restore your data from a backup more quickly than on-premise during a network outage. Because your data is onsite, if a server fails, you can’t easily recover it from somewhere else, such as a data center.
A clear advantage of the cloud is its scalability. The cloud enables data centers to quickly re-adjust their resources as client demands change. For example, if a company experienced rapid growth and needed expanded computing power and infrastructure, the cloud could help.
In the same scenario, companies with on-premise security would have to rapidly purchase more hardware and software to build up their infrastructure. This would be beneficial for startups and other rapidly growing companies. The scalability of cloud-based security can also be advantageous to companies with a high proportion of remote workers.
Cons of Cloud Security
- Vulnerabilities increased
Cloud computing’s larger attack surface makes it particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
- Limitation of control
The data of one customer in a cloud-based data center could compromise that of another customer.
- Limitations on customization
Cloud environments do not always support traditional monitoring and security tools.
- Regulatory Issues
According to some regulations, multitenant hardware cannot be shared among tenants.
- More Expensive
Compared to traditional computing, cloud computing offers a more flexible pricing structure with “pay-as-you-grow” fees but is also less predictable for forecasting unforeseen costs and is more expensive in the long run.
Today, cloud servers are just as secure and client-centric as on-premise servers.Due to their affordability, flexibility, scalability, and high security, cloud platforms have become a popular choice for organizations.
No one solution fits all organizational needs. In light of the many advantages and disadvantages of cloud and on-premises solutions, many enterprises are taking a hybrid approach, using the cloud for some services while retaining others in-house. Businesses can benefit from cloud and on-premise solutions with hybrid solutions.