Cloud computing solutions are soon becoming the norm when it comes to handling data, for all types of businesses, from small, to medium, to large corporations. Cloud security should not be taken lightly, but at the same time, there are a lot of myths that have sprung up around the issue. These myths need to be debunked, if you want to make the most of your cloud solutions, and ensure that your data is secure.
1. Cloud Solutions Will Never Be Secure
Most experts on the matter agree that this misconception tends to have two causes. Firstly, businesses are skeptical about cloud security because they feel like they are no longer in control of the information. This lack of control is frustrating. They feel that if they can’t monitor everything that goes on with the data, then it’s bound to be at risk.
This first cause is made worse by the lack of an adequate understanding of how cloud storage works and what it is.
These two reasons combined form the basis of the most longstanding myths regarding cloud solutions. And possibly, one of the hardest to debunk, since it all depends on the end user to change their perspective, and inform themselves about cloud solutions.
2. If You Can Control the Data Physically, It’s More Secure
This second myth ties in with the first. It’s the flipside to the whole debate around control. Some believe that the location of the data, and whether or not they can physically control it determines security.
But looking into the history of major data breaches, it becomes apparent that physical control is not a guarantee of safety. The myth was probably exaggerated by preexisting doubts and the fact that the media tends to overhype large information leaks.
3. Not Using the Cloud Keeps Your Data Safe
There’s no easy way to say this, but if your company has access to the internet, then you’re already on the cloud. Internet access exposes your data to just about as much danger as cloud solutions.
Ignoring this fact, and avoiding cloud services provided by a trustworthy vendor can actually put your data into harm’s way. Because most cloud service providers will also have security measure built into the service. By not purchasing these services from a reliable provider, you’re also not getting the benefits of these security features.
And while most IT experts are probably very well suited to deal with many online threats, cloud service providers invest much more time and knowledge on developing solutions precisely to keep your data safe.
4. Cloud Service Providers Are the Only Ones Responsible for Security
It’s true that any business should take some time to see what security features their vendor provides. And they are obligated to provide some measure of data protection with their service. Businesses should also ask their providers for full transparency when it comes to their offers and the implementation of their services. A vendor who avoids giving you all of the information you request, without giving adequate reasons should not be trusted.
But end users are just as much a liability as online hackers. And while vendors must provide you with the tools, they can’t use them for you. Breeches often occur because companies don’t really take their end of the bargain seriously.
5. Security Is Incredibly Difficult to Maintain
It’s unclear where this myth comes from, but most speculate this is an offshoot of the fact that many companies don’t really understand the cloud. And it doesn’t help that many IT specialists and cloud experts tend to stick to their professional jargon when explaining the ins and outs of cloud solutions.
So what this myth really boils down to is a lack of proper communication between experts and potential clients. Using a lot of complicated terms might make you look like an expert, but in the end, it can be quite off-putting for a business owner who needs to be sure that the service is going to keep their data safe.
6. The Cloud Is Breached More Often
The fact of the matter is, information stored on-site can be stolen just as easily as that on the cloud. But since many businesses are skeptical regarding cloud security, cloud breaches tend to grab their attention more easily.
7. Data in the Cloud Is More Exposed to Threats
It would be unfair to say that data stored in the cloud is completely secure. But the fact of the matter is, there’s always some risk involved when it comes to data protection. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center statistics, in 2015 hacking accounted for nearly 38% of all information theft incidents. Physical theft accounted for just 10% of the incidents.
But in between are wide range of easily avoidable human errors. Employee negligence, inside thefts and email exposure formed about 39% of the causes. And the rates of information theft due to data on the move came in last on the charts and has been steadily declining as a liability over the years.
8. The Cloud Can Be Left to Run on Auto-Pilot
Often times, companies are unaware of the fact that are some on-site security measures that they have to manage. They believe that, since the provider manages most of the other features, they will manage security as well. But that’s not the case many times.
For this reason, cloud solutions may seem unreliable simply because the security measures were not properly implemented, or maintained. To avoid this issue, businesses should make sure what security measures they have at their disposal, and how they should go about securing their data.
9. Cloud Security Is a Separate Service
Cloud security can be viewed from multiple perspectives. On the one hand, there are a set of features built into the service, that help maintain your data safe from hackers. But on the other hand, security can be viewed as a process. Online safety is not as simple as putting a lock on your desk drawer. Cloud security needs to be dynamic, and keep up the pace with threats.
10. On-Site Data Storage Is Always Safer
On-site data storage may have its benefits, but rarely are IT teams as well equipped as cloud storage providers to deal with the whole wide range of threats out there. Vendors are just as concerned about security as any business. Perhaps, even more so, since the success of their business depends on the reliability of their product.
Nobody is trying to argue that the cloud is completely safe and that there absolutely no risks involved in storing your data in the cloud. But understanding these myths, and where they come from should help businesses secure their data much more efficiently, because then they can focus on the real issues.
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