As the majority of businesses extensively embrace digital services, threat actors are becoming sophisticated in stealing data by compromising systems. From filtering traffic to validating access, cloud security safeguards organizations from all these threat actors by building an array of authentication rules. The traditional security measure, network security, on the other hand, ensures data security through computing parameters.

Amon numerous trends and innovations governing business development across the globe, security is seen as a top priority. Also, organizations are constantly prowling to ensure they maintain pace with security developments. However, while doing so, it is imperative for organizations that they fundamentally understand the difference between the security types, among which network and cloud security remain predominant.

Network Security and Cloud Security – Key Differences

While cloud security offers wider protection, including information, data, applications, and computing environment, network security involves a bunch of practices and policies that monitor and prevent unauthorized data access or modification. Created by using numerous segments of equipment and programming, network security converges just on protecting networks.

Both network security and cloud security have few overlapping nodes of events. They both demand highly advanced features, constant monitoring, and increasing storage space for maintaining a resilient security environment. However, when seen as different entities, there is a potential harnessing various benefits regarding cloud based security. 

  • The pinnacle of the software and hardware blend, network security ensures protecting databases. Also, the data under network security is difficult to access by the cloud security environment.
  • Various challenges are associated with network security, as it involves use of both software and hardware, which results in the high cost of maintenance. Cloud security, completely nesting in software, significantly ebbs the cost parameter.
  • Cloud security is highly permeable, allowing flexibility in the development of security systems. Using best practices and techniques, organizations are allowed to make their cloud security as complicated as they desire for ensuring data protection. This is highly challenging in the case of network security.
  • Network security relies on authorization systems that demand network administrator access on every instance of data access by users. This helps organizations secure networks while overseeing and protecting operations. Cloud security, on the other hand, prevents unauthorized data access, DDoS attacks, malware, and hackers that target systems.
  • While cloud security works on identity and access management, web application firewalls, and encryption, network security brings together multiple check barriers at all layers using controls and policies of protection. 

Cloud security radically transforms network security enabling security against attacks and maintaining regulatory compliance while providing agility, updates, and physical protection. However, it is vital for organizations to understand that cloud security is a shared responsibility that involves participation of both cloud service providers (CSPs) and themselves.

To Sum Up

Cloud security, without doubt, is the preferable choice for organizations to keep their data safe. Unlike network security, cloud security delivers greater cost, control, and safety benefits. To utilize enhanced security options, organizations must focus on partnering with the right service providers that provide seamless transition with advanced features.


Veeraj Thaploo

Veeraj Thaploo

Veeraj Thaploo is the co-founder & CTO at Blazeclan and Director at Cloudlytics. Veeraj is renowned for his expertise with cloud, automation, and analytics solutions. Over the last 15 years, he has been instrumental in delivering transformative cloud migration solutions for businesses across the globe. At Cloudlytics, he spearheads the product architecture that helps businesses secure their cloud assets.


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