Cloud computing provides instant access to data through an internet connection. Whether on a desktop, a tablet, or even a phone, data is available anytime, anywhere. For businesses, cloud computing reaps benefits such as scalable storage for databases, applications, and files while eliminating the need for a data center or IT support team.
Even technology experts reveal that there is no such thing as a completely safe cloud system. From security flaws to support issues, there are significant risks users take when migrating to the cloud.
Loss of Control
Someone else is looking after data that is transmitted, processed, and stored in the cloud. Data is stored off premises and all maintenance and monitoring is done by a third party provider.
Lack of Support
Many cloud-based services have inadequate customer service in ratio to customers. Imagine being unable to access your information, but being unable to get help right away. Waiting up to 48 hours for a response could ruin a business in a crisis situation.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Privacy violations happen frequently enough in the cloud to cause concern among potential and current users. This is unacceptable when transmitting and storing sensitive information, specifically financial and health-related data.
A contractor for Vodaphone stole personal information from two million German customers. Victims were warned about possible email phishing attempts, as the thief had enough significant data on users to make these seem legitimate. With a cloud, this could be worse as administrative access enables an attacker to steal, and even destroy the cloud, in a matter of minutes.
With recent cyberattacks, such as the hacking of Apple’s iCloud, businesses are right to be concerned. Any time people data is stored on the internet, there is a risk for cyberattack. This is especially problematic with cloud computing, where all types of users on the same cloud system store extensive amounts of data. The fear of cloud computing is that data is always at risk. Hackers are advancing as fast as the technology.
If the above concerns make cloud computing an unacceptable risk, consider a different approach. Businesses can get all of the benefits of saving to the cloud but in a more secure and private solution with MyWorkDrive.com.