When it comes to your savings would you feel more secure in a safe at home or in a bank? For most people the answer is fairly obvious, but for some nervous businesses Cloud Hosting seems to have to have a few thorny issues, such as cloud security concerns , that stop them from getting connected. Let’s look at them.
1) Leasing space remotely is not as secure as owning space
No information is 100% secure. Having direct access to physical servers/data does not make you less exposed to risk. Chances of theft, employee sabotage or unforseen emergencies like fire or flood are as a great a risk, in house.
Most in house security measures are often ‘home grown’ and are not tested or audited as thoroughly as Cloud providers, so connection to the Cloud is an advantage here.
2) Increased risk of cyber-attacks to shared infrastructure
Cloud security concerns with shared servers are no different to other solutions you may have used previously. What you need to remember is that you are still talking about data, operating systems and applications running in a data centre.
High end Cloud Hosting providers are able to provide industry best security within their applications, infrastructure and service offerings. This security also applies to other organisations using the same space, meaning shared infrastructure usually presents a stronger security presence than an individual organisation can afford.
3) Concerns about your data moving across borders.
Some companies are concerned about intellectual property and working with a provider who may host overseas could leave you with issues around security and ownership.
Firstly it is logical to ask your provider where your data is stored, in most cases a local or internationally legally compliant option can be offered, this should be part of any discussion with a provider, when considering connecting to the cloud.
Cyber attacks occur commonly across borders, and are increasingly sophisticated. Cloud providers generally have more skills and resources in dealing with these attacks than individual organisations, meaning your data may be more secure in Singapore, the U.S. or an Australian based provider than in your office.
4) Risk of unreliable access
With big Cloud utilisers having some recent problems, some companies can feel apprehensive about reliability, but this is unfounded.
One of Cloud Hosting strengths is that if one of the server fails or crashes your data is quickly moved to other servers, so you will experience little downtime.
If your business experiences a spike of activity that is not anticipated, extra resources will be allocated to you, and when it drops those resources are placed elsewhere. Building in this flexibility is anticipated by most good providers.
This means less downtime, and more positive outcomes for your IT service.
5) Being ‘Captive’ to one Cloud provider
The misconception of being locked in to a contract or having your data held hostage by a provider is a barrier to some businesses.
No reputable Cloud Hosting provider would limit your access to data, after you connect you will have complete control of your data and applications when and where you need them. If you are still concerned, ask to see provisions on switching providers and transferring data before you connect.
Most contracts with Cloud providers are not set in stone and provide a lot of flexibility, as this is one of the key benefits of connecting. No one would generally use a service that doesn’t offer the ability to up and downscale services on demand, as this is one of the key reasons to migrate, saving you time and money.
So you can see the Cloud is as secure and reliable as any other IT solution. Not every Cloud is the same, and if security is your concern, we can tailor a solution which puts that at the forefront. Let us know if there are any other security worries you have with the cloud, we’d like to hear what you have to say and address them in person.
By Josh Rubens