Myths Vs Reality: Cloud Computing Privacy Issues
As cloud computing has become a buzzword of sorts in the business world, many people are leery of what seems like a new and untested form of technology. Even though cloud computing may seem brand new, the concept has been around since the 1950s but it has grown increasingly popular in recent years because of its reputation as a more efficient and inexpensive IT solution.
Because it has grown so rapidly and been embraced by business owners, many are worried that the trend lacks adequate security and privacy for personal data. There are a number of myths that contribute to a false image of what cloud computing really is and the level of privacy that users are able to have using this system.
Transfer of Personal Data
One myth about cloud computing is that it presents new and unique challenges to security that have not yet been addressed. The reality is that users and companies have transferred their personal data to service providers for years and the idea of cloud computing is neither new nor unique.
Application Service Providers
Companies that were previously known as “application service providers” years ago are now advertising themselves as cloud computing companies but their services are essentially the same. Even the internet is a form of data transferring across different locations, devices and connections.
Cloud Computing and Data Security
Another accusation against cloud computing is that it is bad for the security of user’s data. The reality is that switching to the cloud is not necessarily better or worse for data security. There are plenty of data breaches that occur with onsite IT because of employee negligence or cybercriminals. Some cloud computing vendors can offer very strict security that maintains data integrity for the user.
Exposing Their Own Data
If some users make the mistake of exposing their own data by not configuring their security properly then this is not a reflection of cloud computing as being unsecure but negligence on the part of the user. Legally it is the responsibility of the data controller or the user of cloud computing services to keep their data secure.
The Provider’s Job
The provider’s job is to keep data safe from unauthorized access but users must maintain their own data security to a certain level. Some cloud computing providers offer specialized applications for especially sensitive data such as social security numbers that customers should take advantage of for protection.
Economic Benefits Outweigh Security Concerns
Although there are some prevailing myths about cloud computing and how it will affect the user’s control of their data, most businesses are still making the switch. There may be some hesitancy to make the change but most companies find the economic benefits of cloud computing are enough to attract them to the service.
As cloud computing becomes more common place, the myths about security and privacy issues will be debunked. Cloud computing is expected to continue growing in popularity as more businesses understand what it has to offer their company and how they can improve their use of technology.
Leo Hart is an experienced cloud computing professional who works for Custom Cloud providers of physical servers, virtual servers, server security and 24/7 server support http://www.customcloudhost.com/.