With 2016 in full swing, cloud computing has long been established as a valuable business driver by reducing costs and increasing productivity. However, the hype surrounding the cloud has led to the rise of many prevailing myths surrounding the industry.
CIO’s and CEO’s alike need to keep their decisions grounded in reality and not pay attention to the hype. Debunking these myths is necessary to keeping a successful business running, especially if you’re considering a new cloud vendor.
1: The cloud naturally has security vulnerabilities
The biggest myth surrounding the cloud that is continually circulated is that keeping data in the cloud is dangerous. Many companies feel safer knowing that their data is stored in physical locations close to their work space.
This feeling of added control over company data is understandable but is often completely unfounded. Where average servers commonly fail, cloud servers like those of Microsoft will likely succeed due to their massive efforts to be the best.
And even the largest companies cannot harness internal servers to provide the level of reliability, efficiency, and security that a large cloud provider can due to the number of specialists with technical knowledge.
With innovators like Amazon and Microsoft paving the way, massive investments of money into providing the best cloud servers possible are being made, which is something companies without that core function cannot say.
2: Cloud security is nothing more than a service
Cloud security is s system of tools put in place by cloud specialists to get as close as humanly possible to complete safety from security breaches. This system is designed to flow from both the provider and from the user to build an impenetrable defense.
Monitoring users, restricting prolonged access, user access controls, firewalls, and many more tools are in existence as much more than a simple vendor service.
3: On premise control means data is completely secure
Again, holding data in the same location as your business operation leads to the fallacy of complete security. However, the recent outbreak of security breaches into servers that were located on company premises show this perception to be resoundingly false.
What does truly matter, however, is the access controls and the way that companies share sensitive data outside of direct company control.
Yet so many companies do not know this and it leads to a false sense of security, which opens companies to hacking attempts. Human weaknesses with access controls give rise to data breaches, potentially costing companies millions.
4: Building a perimeter around cloud applications is possible
With so many apps in so many different places, placing a perimeter around all these apps is simply not possible. Applying this network-based thinking to cloud computing environments with firewalls or proxies isn’t based in reality.
The best way to keep companies safe is by securing each app separately with multiple layers. There is no single way to place all apps into a single safe “perimeter” zone.
This old way of thinking holds back businesses from taking advantage of the cloud.
5: Staying out of the cloud has kept and will keep me safe
Those with internal server hosting are exposed to the same level of hacking threat as those in the cloud. The difference is that those with cloud storage often have better security due to the technical knowledge and level of refinement top companies can provide.
Although these two options are exposed to the same threats, a largely undervalued issue is accessing public WiFi points. Public internet gives full advantage to anyone who is looking for an exposed point in your data.
6: Cloud security is only on the shoulders of the provider
A common and unfortunate misunderstanding is that once you choose a cloud service provider you don’t have to do anything from the buyer standpoint.
The reason password controls, user access restrictions, use role management, security training, and data management exist is to help the cloud users understand that they need to take part in their side of keeping data secure. These tools are put in place because cloud users have a large part that only they can fulfill in keeping their own data safe.
7: Big providers always make the right choices
People naturally assume the bigger the company, the less likely they are to make a bad decision. All cloud providers know the game in and out; what they do with that information is what differentiates one from another.
Always make sure you verify the way they conduct business, and if they would be a good fit for you company from a standpoint of trustworthiness. Even if their security looks impenetrable you need to know what to do if something does arise, and if they’ll be there the moment you need them.
8: Keeping up with my cloud data’s security is too difficult
Also very commonly heard is the idea that internal server security is easier to control and maintain as opposed to handling security in the cloud. Maintaining cloud security is incredibly easy with today’s modern tools.
Operating your business transactions while under the belief of this myth can be quite dangerous as it leads to security openings and the loss of valuable cloud computing opportunities.
9: Mobile devices don’t retain cloud data
Alarmingly ignored is the myth that mobile phones do not need to be included in data security processes. Mobile phones do save cloud data, but very often they aren’t secured the same way that desktops are.
If your mobile device is connected to the same cloud apps your desktop is, it needs the same level of protection as it can also be hacked.
10: No one know what cloud vendors do with your data
There is an interesting myth surrounding the idea of handing all your data over to someone else. Some say that you can’t ever truly tell what they’re doing with your data.
Fortunately, there are some pretty reliable ways to know exactly what is going on behind closed doors. If you are dealing with a reputable cloud provider you should see audit logs, user identification, and proof of all background checks after requesting them.
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