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    Looking to upgrade your business security to a cloud-based solution? Cloud security may at first seem confusing and foreign, but the cloud is probably closer to home than you may think. 

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    In the last 30 years, organisations have slowly moved away from outdated, stacked hard-drive IT operations towards the cloud. From document management, CRMs like Hubspot to HR and payroll operations. In fact, an estimated 50% of all corporate data is now stored in the cloud.

    The mistake of refusing to move with the times and upgrade your security system is a costly one. Whilst it may seem that your existing system is doing enough, at the rate at which the tech is advancing, there could be unseen faults to your system already. 

    It's never worth putting your assets and people in jeopardy with third-rate or outdated technology. In this blog, we’ve outlined four reasons why you need to upgrade your business security to the cloud right now - and the benefits you’ll reap by doing so.

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    5 Reasons to Upgrade to Cloud

    1. Constantly Connected to your Business

    Cloud integration enables admins to continuously have access to their business security, whether on site, at home or on-the-go. All that’s required to monitor your security is a compatible handheld device, like a smartphone with the mobile app or just internet connection. 

    Users receive live updates for intruder detection in real-time, such as a smashed window, movement on the property or even a returning repeat offender. Although connection is not just limited through the app. As long as your device has an internet connection and a browser you can connect to the system with no plugins to install or software to load onto your tablet or PC.

    There’s no longer a requirement to be on-site, or connected to the local area network (LAN) - your security is always right there at your fingertips, 24/7. Receive a security alert in the middle of the night? No problem. Wherever you are, you can visually verify the threat and confirm a false alarm, removing the need to have expensive on-site security guards out-of-hours. 

    Catching a threat early can be the difference between a close call and serious damage to your property or assets. Response time is everything when it comes to protecting your business. Remote access to your security though cloud offers a greater window of time to spot a risk before it worsens into a serious security breach, and increase police response time.

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    2. Automatic Updates & Patches

    With cloud technology, users get the latest AI innovations and improvements as they happen. With SaaS subscription packages, firmware and feature updates are automatically applied as they’re released by the supplier. This keeps your business’ security up-to-date and protected against the latest threats.

    This is equally beneficial for troubleshooting. The majority of common problems with security tech (camera outage, false alarms etc) can be dealt with seamlessly, without any added complication. Using an embedded chat as a support service, users can simply request a ticket for remote support. Most issues can be resolved remotely, saving the often expensive costs on on-site technician support.

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    3. Scalability

    When you upgrade to cloud, your security becomes endlessly scalable, for easy expansion as your business grows. Without ties to limited on-site storage and hardware, adding security to new locations, upgrading, integrating or adding new detection systems is far less complicated.

    If you require more storage, you simply provision this in the cloud. If the CCTV needs more resources for processing new video analytics this happens automatically in the cloud without the capital cost of the on-premise upgrade. There’s no longer a need for clunky new hard-drives or NVRs, with packages from companies like Verkada, users can simply bolt-on additional business alarms, cameras and access controllers to their existing package. Find out more in our blog: Everything you Need to Know About Cloud CCTV Storage.

    As you introduce new locations to your company, security for these locations can be integrated with your existing system, allowing you to view all from a single, centralised interface. This gives users a constant, clear picture of the activity in their business in real-time - whether on a single premise, or many. With on-premise systems, it’s difficult to integrate all  your sites into a single platform, especially if you’re working with systems of different ages that might not be compatible with each other or the platform.

    Cloud security features can also support the expansion of your business as a hybrid workforce. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, more businesses than ever have transitioned employees to work-from-home, with many companies now viewing hybrid working as the way forward. With full remote monitoring and scalability, HR operations and compliance monitoring can be completed from anywhere with an internet connection.

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    4. Increased Security

    A big advantage to cloud technology is a higher level of security and protection against internal crimes. With the absence of on-site hardware such as an NVR or DVR, the potential for undetected internal crime within your business is removed, as the evidence of a crime cannot be destroyed or manipulated by damaging the on-site hard-drive, deleting footage or simply unplugging the recorder.

    In the past this was also a problem with external theft, as criminals were aware that most businesses would have on-site storage and would target this to destroy evidence. 

    With cloud security you have full control over who can access your security infrastructure, with the freedom to limit who has access to the interface - with full audit trailing over any activity or changes made. This means even if someone did attempt to delete footage or tamper with the system, you would receive an alert of this and be able to trail the activity back to a specific user.

    You can even connect these systems to management systems such as Okta or Azure AD to accordingly add and remove users to your system as new people are welcomed into your business and others leave.

    Considerations

    Companies and businesses around the world are quickly advancing towards more digitally-enhanced security strategies. Cloud security should be recognised as a standard for complete, concise and efficient protection for any and all businesses.

    Older legacy systems are becoming outdated and this decline introduces a number of scary security risks which could potentially leave your employees and business vulnerable. Plus, if you're considering introducing video surveillance to your business, there are legal requirements to adhere to when it comes to personal data. You can find everything you need to know in our blog: CCTV and the Law: The Legal Considerations.

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    Conclusion 

    At the Chris Lewis Group, we understand the importance of a secure, reliable security system to protect your property and business. Whether you're responsible for a large corporation or own a number of small businesses, the peace of mind that a cloud security solution can offer you is extremely valuable, with 24/7 monitoring, from any location.

    Our team of experts are fully trained in the latest cloud-based tech and perfectly aligned to support the maintenance, upgrade, extension and renewal of your CCTV system. Want to know more about cloud CCTV? Check out our blog: Cloud CCTV: What Can it Do for Me?

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    Luke Lewis-Rippington
    I run our sales, technical design and marketing initiatives for the business. I work closely with manufacturers and trade associations to keep abreast with the latest technology and regulations making sure our clients are getting the very best and latest systems available.