The cloud has had it’s fair share of myths and facts misunderstood in its vicinity, and security and privacy in the cloud are the biggest victims of the facts that remain unexplained. The perception of the cloud suffering from security loopholes is disappearing fast, as organizations are realizing the true potential of the cloud and making a switch to the cloud.
Gone are the days where buzz around the security issues would stop organizations from moving over to the cloud, as there is a change brought about the general identity of the cloud by the cloud providers over the last couple of years.
This fundamental shift is a calculated move by the organizations and certainly not a gamble.
Here are discussed facts proving the cloud can be a secure service as any other.
1. Security evolution
Security in the cloud has transformed over the years, fixing loopholes and making it a more secure system. But with effort being put into the cloud, it is now being realized that in a lot of ways the particular issues with the security did not actually exist, they were just in people’s heads.
As time passes and people grow accustomed the cloud services, the mass is now getting beyond the myths and getting comfortable with the cloud. The service providers also have made efforts to explain to organizations how their private data is protected from any sorts of attack. Additionally, the service providers are making their customers aware of certain challenges and have them realize that security measures are to be taken on both ends, making it clear that is a shared responsibility.
2. As Secure As Internal IT
The security of the cloud has now been realized with the same acceptance as other technologies that run through the internet. The lack of familiarity with the cloud and its services was the primary reason for users to doubt data security but as time passes and people get comfortable, the cloud security is now seen as a matter of confidence rather being a limitation.
Organizations have now fully tested the cloud’s capabilities and with every day that passes, the faith in the cloud rises. The key for a better cloud experience is to have a different mindset than the traditional and to overcome the fear of not owning the equipment where your data is stored.
3. Internal Application Might Be the Biggest Risk
With the IT staff required to integrate the cloud services for the highest performance gains, there is a risk of exposing your data to security risks. There are a number of tools that secure the cloud against attackers, but similar care is to be taken for the internal architecture and applications.
With the cloud being secure, the concern shifts to how secure are the actions taken by the application developers, and how they can leave your network exposed.
4. Encrypted Streaming
Music and video streaming have now been realized as a secure method to provide data sharing. The data being encrypted makes the data not prone to illegal access and thus proving effective against digital piracy. With users being provided with secure access portals, there is little room for unauthorized access to the data and thus is a win-win situation for both the customers and the enterprises.
The cloud has evolved, striving for perfection. But this perfection is two way process, leaving the organizations to do the necessary on their end. With the typical security view of the cloud now vanishing, will the organizations hold up their end of the needed?
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This is a guest post by Renuka Rana, editor at Hosted QuickBooks DotNet spends considerable part of her time in writing about technology including cloud hosting and Hosted PBX. When not writing, she loves to dig deeper into knowing the best and the latest technology in industry.
Akaahan Terungwa says
The human mind fears what it does not understand – that was the major reason why cloud services were looked upon with a measure of uncertainty. However, as you noted correctly, there is no place to really store data that is as safe as cloud storage. This is irrespective of the fact that you actually agree with the technology or not.
I am a great fan of cloud computing and storage. I sometimes wonder: is that not the best thing that has happened to storage and computing in recent times?
Nwosu Mavtrevor says
I definitely agree with you that cloud data storage is the best thing to happen to computing in recent times and thanks for your awesome contribution.