Cloud computing and cloud applications have become popular over the past decade; however, many misconceptions about cloud services still remain. Below, I will go over a list of the most common misunderstandings about cloud services.
The cloud is not secured
Chances are, cloud providers have greater expertise and more technical staff than an average organization. Cloud providers take huge efforts to secure their environments; much more than the capability of an average company.
More breaches occur in the cloud
Both on premise and cloud hosting providers had a dramatic increase in vulnerability from 2012 to 2013. Cloud hosting providers did see a slightly higher increase in vulnerability. However, depending on the types of attack, on premise solutions are more vulnerable to malware and botnets attacks.
Physical control of data equates to higher security
Recent high profile security breaches have proven that the physical location of the data is less important than the access and controls associated with it. Falling for the data location myth distracts focus from the more common methods of attack, such as exploiting human social weaknesses and malware.
I’ve avoided the cloud so I’m more secured
We are all connected to the internet and therefore we are all vulnerable to a lot of the same threats. If the system you’re using is connected to the web, you’re already on the cloud.
I hope this information will clarify the common misconceptions associated with cloud-based systems. You should keep these factors in mind the next time you’re ready to make an IT purchase.