What comes to your mind when you hear the words “cloud computing”? A common man would envision cloud computing as a risky business that makes an easy way for attackers. The fear of losing their business due to a high-profile security breach holds them from using it at will. Even the word ‘cloud’ in the English language stands for something porous; the world ‘cloudy’ means nebulous or murky.
So, the term ‘cloud’ and the complex subjects related to it, like virtualization, makes people (especially non-IT people) think that cloud computing is a tough concept for advanced businesses.
As it is quite difficult to understand how cloud computing functions, business owners tend to think that it’s not safe, based high-profile security breaches. To ease our minds on cloud computing safety, let’s discuss some of the popular cloud computing security myths below.
Myth: Two similar servers are prone to the same potential vulnerabilities, irrespective of their location – whether they are in an organization’s private data center or public cloud computing data center.
The security of your data is less dependent on the machines and more dependent on the security position of the data center; this is the reason why several businesses prefer private clouds for their most sensitive documents and data. Public cloud providers and their data centers are usually preferred for data that is less important.
Cloud providers must prove their ability to protect client data to stay in business for long. If you own a small business with a lack of in-house security resources, you may want to hire an outside provider with the right security expertise and reputation. You may want someone with advanced cloud protection tools as well.
So, if you’ve thought cloud servers are an easy target for attackers, they aren't. The security of your data primarily depends on the security posture of your data center.
Myth: If you own a global business, your data migrates around the world. Unless you set up private data centers in different countries, the local cloud provider decides where your data lives.
The truth is that even though you may have to seek help from the provider, you still can control where your data stays or travels. Depending on which country you live in, you may have to follow the local data security regulations.
The right provider is always transparent about where your data lives. It is essential for you to know how your information is secured and where it travels. Try and hire a provider who operates data centers in different countries, as they would know the local regulations well and also meet your transparency demands.
Shared Resources is one feature that defines cloud computing. Cloud providers like Amazon, facilitate users from different data centers to share resources. As explained above, those who relate cloud computing as something ‘porous’ may think it’s easy for one user to steal or peep into another user’s data.
Again myths are myths; the reality is – virtualizations usually feature solid partitions between users within a single data center. It is like people living on the same floor of an apartment but having independent and fully-protected offices. Though virtual machines have the same server, they are still isolated from one another.
So, as long as you don’t share your data center with a spy, who is hungry to steal your trade secrets, you don’t have to worry about becoming a victim. In 2012, researchers demonstrated that only sophisticated attacks were capable of spying their neighbor’s cloud activities and such attacks are extremely rare.
If you are still worried about possible leaks, store your most sensitive belongings including financial information in private cloud space. Choose cloud providers that keep away VLANs to keep your neighbors away from your network.
Myth: The development of virtualization offers more effectiveness and efficiency from servers, but virtual machines are significantly dependent on physical setup.
It is true that you have to rely on cloud providers to protect your data unless you own independent data centers and private clouds. However, that has nothing to do with your physical machine as cloud computing is all about storing data in the air, just like your emails.
With the complex functions of cloud computing, it is understandable why non-IT professionals don’t trust cloud safety. After shooting down some myths, you will realize that cloud computing is not as villainous as you thought. On the contrary, the benefits of cloud computing are many; including usage of smarter resources, lower expenditure, expanded capacity, flexibility. So why ignore these innovative tech developments when they offer so much to you?
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