If there’s one thing we keep learning from history it’s no system or device is impenetrable. The Greeks successfully used the “Trojan Horse” and infiltrated the city of Troy, which ended the 10-year war. This is why a Trojan virus is aptly named. It disguises itself as a trusted source, so a user is more likely to invite the program on their device, ultimately installing malware.
In theory, as technology advances, not only does our security but also our vulnerability. Cloud computing is no exception to Murphy’s Law. On one hand, it’s the next best thing in computing, eliminating the use for clunky, unsecure devices and duplicative, outdated data. On the other hand, it’s not widely adopted because the security threats and risks are still murky. However, a vast majority of the security concerns are ‘clouding’ the positive benefits of cloud computing.
Security concern: data breaches
Yes. In some way, shape or form, your company will experience a data breach. But, it won’t always come in the form of a hacker. Data breaches can happen at any time and they aren’t limited to cloud computing. Natural disasters can cause a multitude of problems, and if you are solely relying on physical hardware, your sensitive data could be lost. Additionally, overexposing login and password information to secure networks and devices also increases the risk of a data breach.
Cloud computing automatically saves your data and syncs with all of your devices so documents and information are current. In addition, cloud computing offers data encryption and two-step verification, which further protects your data from an attack.
Security concern: Private vs. Public clouds
Another apprehension towards cloud computing is whether or not to create public or private clouds. Arguably, private clouds offer the most security as they are housed and maintained on a company’s own network. However, it can also be the more costly and time consuming option, requiring more IT and Network Security personnel, equipment, space, and software. Public clouds are typically offered over the Internet, but information is stored in a third party data center, limiting a company’s control over security.
There are services such as hybrid clouds, which allow a company to choose which components stay on their private cloud (typically the most sensitive data information) and what can be directed to a public cloud. This way, it allows employees to access information globally, but removes the risk of compromising sensitive, proprietary information.
Security concern: support, maintenance and upgrades
As more companies move to a cloud computing system, the fear is they will be on their own when it comes to managing support, maintenance and upgrades. However, as part of the subscription or service, most providers automatically include customer support in their packages. Additionally, since cloud computing packages are subscription based, the cost to implement upgrades is nominal compared to installing costly, lengthy and painstaking software.
While the security concerns for cloud computing may still be murky for some, the benefits outweigh the risks. Recognizing that no system or hardware is impervious to attack will actually make your security measures stronger. Determining whether or not to create a private or hybrid cloud will help increase control over cloud computing security. Or, by selecting a public cloud vendor, support, maintenance and upgrades will be provided as part of your subscription.
How have you combated security concerns with cloud computing?