The Cloud, COVID-19 and What It All Means for Business

April 7, 2020
Cloud, IT Security, IT Services


Business as usual is anything but these days given the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis. Nonetheless, a number of technologies are enabling businesses to continue operating — even if it means working differently. The cloud is one of them. 

The Role of the Cloud in Business Today

From airlines dealing with massive swings in demand to the wide array of companies affected by supply chain disruptions, the cloud is powering the analytics to help these organizations remain operational.

While online shopping has been on an upward trajectory for some time, the closing of many bricks and mortar businesses due to COVID-19 restrictions is driving even greater eCommerce traffic. The scalability of cloud resources is helping those sites handle the increases.

Flexible, cost-efficient cloud resources are supporting the collaboration and conferencing tools pressed into urgent COVID-19 duty by the many businesses that have suddenly found themselves with almost entirely remote workforces. The same applies to academic institutions, which are relying on the cloud to make secure, reliable access to online learning available to their students. Even at-home entertainment, courtesy of streaming and content distribution services, remains up and available courtesy of cloud technologies.

With social distancing and strained healthcare resources keeping many people away from doctors’ offices, cloud-based telemedicine is becoming increasing vital for patients and caregivers.

The cloud is also becoming a prominent tool on the frontlines in terms of managing the COVID-19 crisis. It’s enabling researchers and data scientists to run the complex analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning workloads that can lead to point-of-care diagnostics, faster vaccine development, and more. 

More Cloud Usage, More Potential Crime

If there’s a downside to organizations relying more heavily on the cloud to keep them operational, it’s the accompanying increase in cybercrime. Cybercriminals are always seeking out ways to exploit vulnerabilities. With more companies going to the cloud, those vulnerabilities are increasing. Many organizations lack in-house security expertise and/or the resources to stay on top of the changing threat landscape. Their IT staffs are also increasingly bogged down dealing with new users as a result of the increase in remote workforces – and in supplying those users with the necessary resources to work remotely.

To combat the rise in phishing schemes, ransomware, targeted intrusion, and other malicious tactics, it’s important for security teams to adjust their threat detection and response approach. If they can’t do it themselves, they have to rely on third-party companies. Fortunately, there are many very  good IT security companies, as well as many cloud services providers, out there that can help with proactive threat intelligence, insights, and visibility into cloud and remote endpoints. The level of security integrated into the cloud service itself can also make a difference. That’s the case with US Signal cloud services.

Solutions for Cloud Security

Security is an integral component of US Signal’s cloud services, in large part because they’re powered by US Signal’s wholly-owned and operated carrier-grade network. Built on leading-edge Cisco® technologies and designed with redundant architecture for maximum network speed and security. Continuous monitoring by the US Signal Technical Operations Center (TOC) helps stop issues before they become problems. Cloud-based security provides extra protection.

US Signal’s cloud services, and the data centers that support them, also incorporate the security technologies and protocols required to meet the very stringent requirements for compliance with HIPAA, PCI-DSS and other regulations and industry standards.

In addition, US Signal offers always-up-to-date, cloud-based security services to take on the challenges of the changing threat landscape is rapidly growing, and security risks are constantly changing. Two managed security services are available that include managed firewall and 24/7 monitoring, and are backed by an industry-leading availability performance metric of 99.995%.

Also available is US Signal’s Website and Application Security which protects against a wide range of internet-based threats including volumetric, distributed and multi-vector DDoS attacks, SQL Injection attacks, and content scraping. It’s available for websites and applications hosted on-premise, in colocation, and on cloud-hosted servers and includes a 100% uptime SLA.     

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about US Signal cloud services and our managed security options, let us know. Even if you’re not in a situation to migrate to the cloud right now, our solution architects may be able to offer ways to help optimize your current IT resources to better handle the current subject-to-change-at-anytime business climate. Contact us at (866) 274-4625 or [email protected]

 


 

US Signal has a webpage dedicated to it's continuity plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. To see those updates, visit: https://ussignal.com/coronavirus