Security myths in cloud computing

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Those who are using or who are considering using cloud computing services might be wondering about the security implications of this decision. There are a number of reasons why people think that private and public cloud services are not secure, particularly in light of a number of high-profile hacking attempts; however, there are a number of myths out there that need to be addressed.

The first myth is that cloud services are easy for hackers to get into. If your company uses the same server located in a private data centre, then there is just as much chance of this server being hacked as the server of the cloud provider. It is the security measures taken that determine the level of the risk. A number of companies opt for private cloud and monitor everything themselves; however, smaller companies should remember that a cloud hosting provider will have more expertise in security.

Others think that those who are using the same cloud have the ability to access each other’s data, which is simply not true. Virtual barriers are created between the data of each cloud customer, meaning that nobody else can access your data and you can’t access theirs.

Residency of data can also be an issue for security, as you don’t want your data to be stored in a country where governments can access the information; however, you get a say in where your information is stored, as you can choose a service with data centres located where you want them to be.

Find a trustworthy provider with a good reputation and any fears you may have about security can be eased.

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