How Secure are Cloud Services? Discover for Yourself!
One of the big buzzwords in office and consumer technology today is “cloud storage.” While most people have come to understand what the cloud is and how it works, a large portion of business people still aren’t convinced that cloud storage is that much safer than on-site hard drive storage. Despite a few major hacks in the past few years, the data from Right Scale’s 2017 “State of the Cloud” study shows that cloud storage is growing more secure:
“Lack of resources/expertise, the #1 cloud challenge in 2016, was less of a challenge in 2017 with only 25 percent citing it as a major concern, down significantly from 32 percent in 2016. Concerns about security fell to 25 percent vs. 29 percent last year. Managing cloud spend fell only slightly from 26 to 25 percent.” – rightscale.com
What is the Cloud?
As with most new, and misunderstood, technologies, there is a lot of misinformation about how the cloud works. When asked “when” and “where” the cloud exists, people seem to get vague, explaining the cloud’s location like that of the Internet, “It is everywhere and nowhere all at once.”
This is patently false. Most cloud storage is still physical hard drive storage. Your data is still in a structure, not far from where you are. The best way to think of cloud storage is like a bank vault. Many people use a service (like Google or Facebook), where we store sensitive information. Due to the company’s high security and interest in keeping you safe, your information is likely safer in the “vault” with everyone’s valuables than tucked away under your mattress.
Why is Bigger Better?
This really is a matter of budget and infrastructure. Chances are when it comes to your home computer, you probably can’t afford much more than a tricky password on an external hard drive, locked in a filing cabinet.
Facebook can afford a lot more . While your sensitive data is still on a hard drive, those hard drives are encrypted and guarded behind concrete walls, armed guards and razor-wire fencing.
For your business’ needs, your solution is most likely somewhere in between. More infrastructure means a bigger budget, but more protection. There is always more you could be doing, but the question comes down to what you can afford. You may not need the concrete walls and razor-wire fencing. If you’re unsure of your needs or your budget, the best thing to do is contact an I.T. professional, like Business World, and schedule a consultation.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
You’re probably thinking, “After the major breaches in security at Target, Home Depot and Apple, how can you be sure any data storage is safe?”
While these stories are upsetting, the leaked information came from human error in each case. We must be careful not to blame cloud technology for other critical mistakes. Usually the hackers were able to leverage information obtained from third parties and use that information to steal more sensitive data from the larger system. While there are clearly flaws in some systems, putting all the blame on cloud computing would be premature. Many industries are adapting to cloud technology to find out the best (and safest) ways to use this powerful, new tool.
As more businesses begin using the Cloud, it is inevitable that they will see tangible benefits, such as improved business efficiency, better access to data and security.
Big data, virtual reality and the Internet of Things (IoT) are stealing the technology industry’s spotlight now. All three new technologies work in tandem with the Cloud.
As with any new technology, greater reliance on cloud services will spur development and quell remaining security concerns and indirectly show how the Cloud is more secure than antiquated on-premises systems.
If you have any questions about your office’s cloud capabilities, or are interested in making the move from on-site to cloud-based storage, contact Business World at 501-214-5482 today!