In a landscape dominated by financially-motivated hackers and state-sponsored cybercriminals, the cloud has opened the door to new and more complex cyber threats than ever before.

However, while the attack surface has expanded, this doesn’t mean that maintaining systems on-premises is the answer. Instead, organisations need to ensure they have the right strategy and tools to be operationally resilient to cyberattacks.

Many organisations are concerned that moving to the cloud increases the complexity of the attack surface and introduces new security vulnerabilities. In fact, research shows that 60% of IT and security leaders aren’t confident in their ability to secure access to cloud environments.

Although moving to the cloud may increase defensive complexity, it provides access to state-of-the-art defensive solutions and disaster recovery tools that enterprises can use to not only mitigate risk, but increase operational resilience.

According to IDC, organisations that deployed AWS found a 94% reduction in unplanned downtime versus their previous on-premises implementations. They also experienced 36.1% less security incidents.

What makes AWS secure?

AWS provides enterprises with one of the world’s most secure, reliable, and scalable cloud services on the market, leveraging over 200 cloud native services, and leading AI and ML capabilities. Additionally, AWS supports more security standards and compliance certifications than any other offering, including PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, GDPR, FIPS 140-2, and NIST 800-171, helping satisfy compliance requirements for virtually every regulatory agency around the globe.

AWS also provides a range of disaster recovery solutions built on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, such as AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery, which offers point-in-time recovery for cloud applications.

This is ideal for migrating mission-critical applications and data, particularly sophisticated on-premise such as Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions (including E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft) and databases which can’t be exposed to prolonged down-time.

Migrating Oracle databases with AWS

Organisations that have deployed Oracle databases on-premises often don’t have an effective disaster recovery strategy in place because they need to have duplicate infrastructure, operating systems, and software licences, to restore disrupted systems.

This is not only costly, but means security teams can only recover the database itself rather than other components contained within connected applications. Likewise, in order for the migration to work, on-premise teams need to schedule regular backups and maintain the systems so they’re ready to operate if a disaster takes place. Additionally, it can take days or weeks to recover backups – which means, an organisations is unable to run it’s mission critical application effecting revenue and productivity.

Moving to the cloud enables enterprises to use more advanced tools like AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery to recover the entire Oracle database environment and machine state by replicating database, application, and system files. In a matter of minutes, a business can recover crucial operations, rather than spending hours migrating.

Resilient and data-driven

Oracle ERP plays a critical role in enabling organisations to become data driven. Moving to the cloud can help to reduce the overall cost of managing an ERP solution, reducing the burden of maintaining on-premises hardware, and enhancing disaster recovery to ensure operational resilience in the event of a cyberattack.

In this sense, migrating Oracle ERP applications to the cloud guarantees that they are completely and rapidly recoverable in the event of a security incident. Above all, access to cloud-native tooling and methodologies empowers employees to develop industry-leading products and services faster.

Find out more about how you can migrate Oracle ERP applications with AWS Cloud here.