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Cloud security misconceptions impeding progress

November 8th, 2012 by - 4,793 views

Although the cloud is a major disruption to the IT landscape, it is not the first and it won’t be the last in this regard. With that being said, companies neglecting the cloud are likely falling behind rivals that have already adopted the technology, as the cloud promises to reduce IT expenses and enhance operations – both of which are critical in today’s unpredictable economy.

Even though these benefits are well known throughout the private sector, cloud computing adoption rates are not as high as they should be. Although there are several reasons for this, some have more of an impact than others.

Cloud security misconceptions impeding progress

Chris Weitz, a director at Deloitte Consulting, recently spoke with TechTarget and said that data security and privacy in the cloud are the leading inhibitors. This is largely because the cloud enables companies to extend their customer base, potentially reaching into previously untapped markets. At the same time, however, decision-makers are forced to deal with varying compliance regulations and privacy laws that can impede an organization’s progress.

“One huge problem, of course, is that data is not physically stored in any one computer in a cloud computing environment, it’s spread across thousands of them, so there’s no one physical place to check,” Weitz said. “It’s all done by software, and software by definition is not directly observable, so you need other software to observe that software.”

Keeping cloud environments protected
Just because security is a common concern in the cloud doesn’t mean decision-makers cannot take things into their own hands and protect the virtual environments. By learning about the technology and speaking with service providers, IT executives can guarantee their cloud services are safe enough to manage mission-critical information and applications.

According to a separate report by American Banker, executives need to speak with vendors and create a robust service-level agreement that guarantees multiple layers of security. In doing so, small and large businesses alike can leverage a cloud infrastructure with greater confidence and not worry about inadvertently exposing confidential information.

In time, the majority of these security concerns will dissipate, Weitz told TechTarget. The confusion regarding cloud security is that the hosted environments are new and, as a result, are slightly misunderstood.

“There’s absolutely nothing intrinsically dangerous about cloud computing. Nothing at all. It’s just that it’s new,” Weitz said.

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