A Platform as a Service: What is PaaS and Why Choose It?
As the name suggests, PaaS is a “Platform as a Service.” This means it provides an online platform for implementing and running various services such as cybersecurity applications without compromising on security features like encryption or identity protection.
A good example would be Amazon Web Services, which offers S3 storage space among other things at competitive rates with high-availability systems in place, so you never have downtime when storing data crucial to your business’ success.
Our data is stored in an encrypted format, which means you can never be sure of what your data contains.
Because many companies are still hesitant to invest in security services due to their high cost, the adoption of these platforms remains very low. This seems to be a real problem as the cyber-threat landscape has changed significantly over the past decade, with cyberattacks becoming more frequent and sophisticated each year.
Its popularity increased even further after Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) mass surveillance program known as PRISM. Today, after a decade since its creation, PaaS is developed by many major cloud service providers such as Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Applications, IBM SoftLayer …etc.
What are the risks associated with PaaS?
There can be significant security implications when exposing code to a public-facing process. Process results could also leak into your production environment if not properly sanitized through reverse engineering or encryption schemes such as SSL/TLS certificates, but only when using third-party providers who may have accessed personal information about you and others alike.
As in any other technology adoption, you should in fact be researching and heavily vetting your providers for their security track records before relying on them in production. If they are not top-tier providers or do not have published transparency reports/audited codebases, then you should exercise extra scrutiny when basing business-critical solutions on PaaS offerings.
With that said, there are no special risks associated with the public-facing websites when implementing PaaS vs traditional hosting options (unless the specific provision has glaring vulnerabilities) — it is just that if you decide to go down this route then don’t forget you will need to secure your deployment using firewalls, etc. Also, be aware of what info the provider may collect about users who interact with applications.
How secure is PaaS?
PaaS is a safe way to host your application. It has been designed with security in mind from day one, so you can feel confident knowing that it will protect any sensitive data on-premise or off-premises through some of the industry’s best encryption tools available today. By choosing a PaaS provider that meets industry security standards, you can rest assured knowing that your app is protected from a host of common exploits.
The Cloudant PaaS platform provides deep defense capabilities including Role-based Access Control (RBAC), Encryption at rest and while streaming as well advanced features such threat response mechanisms which respond automatically after an attack takes place preventing further compromise!