The cloud has been hyped in the enterprise world, and now the trend has bubbled down to small businesses and individuals. Owning cloud storage space is no longer only for the elite. There are many services willing to provide small amounts of storage space at no cost, or more for a reasonable fee.
Even though the cloud is efficient and cheap, it is online and therefore exposed to attacks from cyber criminals. The important question is ‘how safe is cloud computing?’ To answer this question comprehensively, we explore the threats to cloud security and available counters to those threats.
- Content integrity and privacy is one of the key issues with cloud computing. Controlling the people who access your online data is not that easy to accomplish. Data could be intercepted while on transit or while on your provider's servers. Most cloud providers have elaborate security measures in place to detect and prevent unwarranted access to stored data.
- When clients access data from remote computers, criminals pose as employers to trick cloud providers into sharing the data. This can be countered with password protected accounts, which limit who accesses information and at what time. Account level security, however, is more of a nuisance to cyber criminals than an impregnable wall.
- Most data centers in cloud computing are shared, so there is a chance of being caught up in the crossfire. If sharing a data center with player who is targeted by hackers, cyber criminals may decide to take down the entire data center to harm that big fish, and others end up suffering. Most service providers counter this by storing data in redundant centers, allowing for immediate backups in case of such an attack.
- Cloud computing is divided into public and private clouds. Private clouds get more attention from service providers, so they give a greater sense of security than public cloud builds. On the other hand, public clouds alllow their customers to blend into the crowd and hide in plain site with normal security builds.
- A reputable cloud computing service provider will provide excellent security to maintain their reputation. A breach in the chain might be at the customer's end. To ensure that data remains secure, initiate rules to ensure that employees do not compromise security keys. Ensuring only those who must have access to data have the access keys. Monitor and log employees each time they sign in.
Cloud computing can be a savior since it cuts down on hardware investment and allows for remote working. When implemented carefully with a reputable service provider, it can be safe enough for most of your data. IT experts remain skeptical when it comes to uploading critical data to the cloud.