As factories grow increasingly digitized, more 3D printing vendors are shifting towards cloud-based software models. This raises a big question for manufacturers with intellectual property and valuable uptime to protect— how secure and stable is the cloud?
Markforged is a leader in cloud-based additive manufacturing software, where robust cloud security and architecture have been top-of-mind since Day 1. In fact, our Eiger software began as a cloud-based service back in 2014. In demonstrating cloud security expertise and a commitment to securing customer data, Markforged became the first AM company to receive ISO/IEC: 27001 certification.
So, from a decade of strong emphasis on cloud security, what does the “cloud done right” look like to us?
The basics of cloud security
When done right, the cloud is widely regarded by cybersecurity professionals as more secure than on-premises setups — despite the common myth that physical, on-site servers are better protected from cybersecurity threats.
One reason is the cybersecurity prowess of major cloud service providers (CSPs). To offer a cloud-based service, a software company must host its applications and data on the infrastructure of a CSP, like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Hosting infrastructure on a major platform means it’s protected by the CSP’s best-in-class security capabilities. As cybersecurity is a critical foundation for their business models, key players have invested billions of dollars to keep cloud data secure, employing thousands of security engineers.
While major CSPs feature robust data protection, cybersecurity is ultimately a shared responsibility between the software company and the cloud provider. The lopsided majority of cloud breaches are not due to technology shortcomings inherent to the cloud. In fact, Gartner predicts 99% of cloud security failures through 2025 will be the result of software companies’ suboptimal infrastructure design and development practices.
For end-use customers evaluating potential software vendors, standards such as ISO/IEC:27001 exist for organizations to demonstrate proficiency in securing information.
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