In today’s information driven and fast-paced economy, the Cloud presents a huge opportunity. Cloud computing has grown rapidly over the last few years and is set to continue with 90% of UK businesses expected to use at least one Cloud service by the end of 2015.
The extent of Cloud adoption varies from business to business and is often influenced by myths ranging from data security through to control, residency and privacy. These myths can prevent businesses from fully embracing the benefits of the Cloud which is why we address the top 5 misconceptions below.
Myth 1: The cloud is less secure
The biggest myth surrounding Cloud computing is that your data is less secure when stored in the Cloud. In practice, Cloud providers have access to greater resources and technical staff to deliver more sophisticated security features. For smaller businesses, matching these security resources in house is simply unaffordable.
Myth 2: You lose control of your data in the Cloud
Moving to the Cloud should not mean losing control of your data. As long as you select the right Cloud provider, you should have full data transparency. This includes knowing where your data is stored, how it is protected at rest and in transit and who has accessed it through audit logs. With encryption now standard practice, retaining ownership of your encryption keys means you have the reassurance that noone has accessed your data.
Myth 3: It is easy for Cloud tenants to access your data
Public Cloud customers often share processing, storage and other computing services in a data centre. With these shared resources, people may believe it is easier for fellow tenants to access their data. In reality, strong partitions between tenants make an attack very difficult.
Myth 4: You can’t control where your data is stored in the Cloud
Data residency is a concern for many businesses, particularly those operating within regulated industries. This does not preclude regulated businesses from using the Cloud, simply requires greater due diligence when selecting a provider. Reputable providers should advise on the location of your data, adhere to data governance policies and deliver full accountability. Read our recent blog to see how Microsoft Office 365 addresses regulatory compliance.
Myth 5: It is impossible to have a secure public Cloud
Public Cloud providers now offer encryption and security measures that equal, or even surpass, private Cloud infrastructures. With a vested interest to provide a secure and scalable service, public Clouds are becoming increasingly more secure. From a practical perspective, it is more important to look at the types of data being processed to determine whether a private or public Cloud is most suitable.
Organisations looking to reap the full benefits of the Cloud should base their decision on fact rather than fiction. Whether you are considering a public or private cloud, reputable providers will ensure you retain full control and ownership of your data at all times.