What are the Security Benefits of HPC Cloud Computing?

January 13, 2021

High performance computing (HPC) enables analysts and engineers to refine product designs and solve manufacturing problems by simulating real-life scenarios in a virtual environment. HPC in the cloud is becoming the norm for both large and small-scale engineering departments alike with benefits including: computing power, increased speed, parallel computing, ease of collaboration and reduced costs

One of the less obvious but equally important advantages that cloud computing offers is security. In this article we highlight four security benefits of cloud computing.

Encryption and dedicated account with username and password

With computing resources accessible via the cloud comes users' requirement to set-up accounts with at least two layers of protection: username and password. Having dedicated accounts benefits both the user and the engineering firm. The user can protect sensitive information from tampering and manage her workload while the firm can now collect data on each user's cloud and services. On the same token, different users can have varying levels of encryption for their accounts. While administrative departments only require encryption for their account credentials, engineering and sales departments would likely require end-to-end encryption.

Backup and data recovery programs

Data loss is one of the worst-case scenarios for an enterprise. Like anything else, data can be corrupted, destroyed, the network can go down, or a natural disaster can occur.  Data recovery due to hardware failure or software bugs is usually built-in to the cloud architecture. Some firms prefer to backup their data on-premise, while others prefer multi-cloud locations. Taking it a step further, using a cloud disaster recovery service adds another layer of protection against data loss. 

Data security and transfer using secure shell (SFTP) protocols

Cloud providers typically include protecting highly sensitive data against third-party data tampering and eavesdropping in their service offering. Securing data/file transfer to and in the cloud requires protocols that integrate security during transfer and rest. Standard secure protocols include: Secure FTP (SFTP), FTPS (FTP over SSL), AS2, and HTTPS, to name some of the more popular methods. Cloud providers offer an added level of security by encrypting files when they are most vulnerable which is when in transit. Providers of cloud services also practice data certification and validation, a vital part of safe file delivery.

Network protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks

Enterprises are susceptible to cyberattacks regardless of size or area of expertise. Distributed denial of service attack, DDoS for short, is increasingly common and particularly dangerous. Cybercriminals can use a set of compromised, distributed servers to flood a target system with requests until the attacked system is saturated and stops working.

Cloud service providers usually include several levels of protection against cyberattacks, such as intrusion detection, vulnerability scanning, antiviral services, and virtual private networks (VPNs). These security measures allow your enterprise to focus on the business at hand rather than fend-off cybercriminals.

Given the advantages mentioned above, it is easy to see why moving to a dedicated cloud service for your computational needs could be a logical next step.  

We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about security and other benefits of cloud computing. 

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