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What is Cloud Security?

Cloud security is a set of controls, policies, technologies and procedures used to protect cloud-based data, applications and infrastructure. Cloud providers apply cloud-based security measures to protect their customers’ privacy and data security, and to support regulatory compliance. Cloud security is a joint effort with responsibilities on both the provider's side and the customer's side.

How Does Cloud Security Work?

Securing assets in the cloud combines the security efforts of the cloud provider and those of the customer to meet basic security needs all the way up to the stringent security demands of PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FINRA and other industry and legal requirements. Cloud server backup is a necessity for many organizations today because they store most or all of their business-critical data and applications on cloud servers. File backup and disaster recovery is the second leading use of cloud computing among medium and large enterprises, according to a recent Clutch survey. Sixty-two percent of the enterprise respondents use the cloud for this purpose, with only file storage (70 percent) being more popular.

Why Use Security Features?

Lower Upfront Costs

Companies pay less for cloud-based security than for on-premise security because they are renting services from a cloud provider’s data center, as opposed to building, equipping and managing their own data center.

Increased Scalability

Security apps and systems can be easily and quickly scaled up or down in a cloud provider’s data center.

Reduced Time to Market

Because it’s their core competency, cloud providers are more vigilant when it comes to deploying new, state-of-the-art security tools and systems. Cloud providers employ experienced security experts who have already done the research and analysis so that customers don’t have to waste time and can move forward faster.

Lower Ongoing Costs

With an in-house data center, a company pays for its security resources whether they’re being used or not. With a cloud provider, a company pays for security based on its actual usage.

How Can Rackspace Help?

Rackspace helps more than half of the Fortune 100 with their cloud security. These global organizations, and thousands of smaller enterprises, rely on our active approach to cloud-based security, which involves continuously monitoring a cloud environment to detect security vulnerabilities and threats.
Our approach to cloud security differs from that of many other companies. We understand that companies are being constantly targeted with advanced persistent threats. As a result, our methodology operates under the premise that a company’s cloud has been breached — and we actively search for attackers. Unlike other security services, when a vulnerability or threat is discovered, we act immediately, using a set of preapproved actions to eliminate or minimize the possible damage. Rackspace Managed Security’s best-in-breed solutions include:

Security Expertise

Our 24x7x365 Customer Security Operations Center is staffed by teams of experienced GCIA- and GCIH-certified security analysts.

Proactive Processes

Thanks to our proactive security posture, we are able to detect security weaknesses before they are exploited, and we can respond to security threats more rapidly.

Security Analytics

Our people and processes are supported by state-of-the-art security tools and analytics that act as “a single pane of glass” for monitoring your cloud environment.

We Offer Two Different Types of Secure Cloud Solutions:

Rackspace Managed Security

Rackspace Managed Security is geared toward security in a single-cloud or multi-cloud environment.

Rackspace Compliance Assistance

Compliance Assistance is geared toward meeting governance, risk and compliance (GRC) goals through monitoring, management and data reporting.

Disaster Recovery Services

In addition to securing your apps and data from bad actors, we also provide disaster recovery services to safeguard your apps and data when downtime occurs. Our Replication Manager uses automated processes and non-disruptive testing to quickly recover and restore your business-critical apps and data so the impact of an outage is minimal.

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