What are the key concerns about the safety of the cloud?
Although a majority of companies trust the cloud enough to use it in some capacity, there are still feelings of distrust with the cloud when it comes to security. In 2012, CIO.com took a survey of IT professionals and found that 46% of them said that they moderately use the cloud, but 54% of them said that security is a high priority for the cloud. Perceptions of cloud security have improved since 2012, but companies are still concerned about the risk of security breaches or getting hacked, both of which could compromise sensitive information. Another concern is that the cloud is unreliable and does not allow users the necessary control over their data. In this article we will discuss what these concerns are and how they can be solved.
Unauthorized access to sensitive information is one of the biggest concerns businesses have with cloud computing. According to a survey done by
Another concern is the possibility of shadow IT taking information. This may be surprising because we use shadow IT every day, shadow IT is any technology that is not regulated by the company’s IT department such as smartphones and Google Docs. The security concern for businesses is if they aren't using their own IT team for their cloud security, then their normal IT perimeters aren’t applied to their
Lack of control and visibility
A lot of companies don’t like the fact that they have to not only entrust, but depend on their cloud service providers to securely store their data. On top of that they feel that they don’t get enough visibility into how they operate. This really boils down to picking an experienced, well-trusted cloud service provider that doesn’t make your company feel out of the loop but rather that they are
Doesn’t support penetration testing
When SANS gave out their cloud security survey they asked participants if they experienced any security breaches only 9% had experienced an actual breach. However, 25% weren’t sure because they aren’t allowed to properly regulate and conduct penetration tests to make sure there aren’t any breaches. In all fairness, the problem isn’t necessarily that they go unnoticed like the cloud is a lawless land. Their
What comes along with not knowing how they
Part of the problem people noticed when moving to the cloud is that some IT professionals weren’t prepared to defend against cloud security threats. Of course, this is a human error of the early “cloud pioneer” days that has since been acknowledged and rectified, but it still has had an effect on the way businesses view cloud computing. If you’re thinking of moving to the cloud it is imperative that proper cloud security training is given to your IT department or your company must go to a trusted 3rd party cloud security host.
In the same way the cloud gives companies a lot of options on how they access their data, it also gives users various ways to protect their investment. This gives buyers the confidence to know that the cloud isn’t so big and bad after all.
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