There are still significant numbers of IT professionals who remain skeptical about the merits of cloud storage. These are bright individuals with arms folded. They’re considering cloud storage and computing because upper management has requested it. They’d like to hear more about cloud storage but are not yet sure of its usefulness. Native storage attacks were significantly more brutal as compared to cloud storage attacks.
Control Does Not Equal Security
Much of the mistrust about cloud storage because the approach itself fosters a feeling of insecurity, especially if that data is stored on servers and systems that companies feel are, ultimately, out of their control. The reality is that control doesn’t guarantee security. Where data is located means far less than its vulnerability to data breach. Location applies to both cloud-based platforms and systems that exist inside firewalls. It stands to reason that cloud-based systems, by the very nature of uncertainty, will place extra focus on security protocols.
Fortunately, cloud computing and storage continues to gain new converts as analysis and success stories begin to win the day. Generally speaking, cloud storage is more secure than native storage. As early as 2012, Alert Logic’s State of Cloud Security Report revealed that anything that can be accessed from the outside. Whether cloud or native storage, it has a chance of being attacked; as attacks are by nature, opportunist.
The report also concluded that native storage environments suffered more incidents of attack than service-provider environments. Companies are encouraged to put a well-defined security strategy in place through the right enabling technology. Attention to the platform is important, but not as critical.
Corporations can take into account the following guidelines:
Security and Governance Requirements – Deploying security should be a direct result of fully understanding what problems or potential problems, need solving.
Controlling Access Is Critical – Having control over access is much more important than where the data is stored. Consider the data’s value and examine every possible scenario for breach. Vulnerability is what hackers target whether the platform is native or cloud-based.
Test for Vulnerability – Having protocols in place to test for vulnerability should be a top priority. An untested system is by any other name, an unsecured system.
The Future of Cloud Computing
There are a growing number of technology experts and stakeholders predicting that by 2020, a majority of people will access online software applications and share information via remote server networks. Experts believe that cloud computing will surpass the desktop leading in the next decade.
Millions of people already have access to cloud-based storage and computing in the form of social media. Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, YouTube (video sharing), Flickr, Google Docs, Delicious, eBay, TripAdvisor, and Yelp are all cloud-based. The fact is millions of people have already adapted to the cloud.
Technology always moves forward. Business owners, to stay competitive, are wise to consider where technology is headed and how the world will adapt. Cloud storage is more secure than native storage because that is where technology and security protocols now place their focus. As native storage receives less and less attention and support, companies who have adapted to cloud-based platforms will have a definite competitive edge.