Cloud is for efficiency to handle the intended works at lesser cost flexibly and to offer safety to data. Fear develops from ignorance. Slow cloud adoption is not a fault of the security department or team, but it is the experts are warning that companies who overestimate the problem, without underestimating the benefits of the cloud computing from each model, are increasing their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the future, this is what was discussed on RSA Security Conference.
Stealing data, sniffing can occur at ISP level, that does not make you to login to the Internet, for the most companies, it is almost impossible to use fully own ISP to exchange data; neither any production level data are kept bare as a single chunk – indeed, the risk of data stealing was greater when we had full paper driven infrastructure. Cloud is for efficiency and safety, what we emphasize throughout our blog is nothing but to check the vulnerable points. Again and again, it is very important to read about the Cloud Computing Service Models and Deployment.
Mistrust in Cloud is for Efficiency and Safety ? A Question Out of Ignorance
Steve Jobs said once that iPhone will not be that popular, Founder of DEC opined in 1977 that there is no need of buying computers by the individuals at home! Humane is prone to reach wrong opinions mostly out of fear. The quoted situations were on different context, but the root cause was ignorance – it is never possible for the normal ordinary peoples to know the future! The quotes were out of ignorance, but became disproportionately funny as they are the legends.
According to the pool of experts and opinion from the leaders in the field who attended the event, if the cloud provider handles correctly their infrastructure, companies can transfer in cloud environments most workloads to secure structure and get the operational benefits. Beyond the findings, it is clear, however, that the biggest problem that which has slow down the adoption of cloud computing in business is their information security and privacy of data, and surveys do not deny this distrust.
According to research by Intermap, about 250 IT administrators in medium and large companies, about 40 percent of those who look carefully to the cloud says he is concerned for the safety factor, while only 15 percent did not mention security as a factor of apprehension. Companies run the risk of overstating the safety problem, underestimating, however, the advantages in terms of performance, cost and competitiveness that cloud computing solutions in response to the companies that have already chosen to transfer the clouds their IT infrastructure. Except Microsoft and Google; none of the Cloud Providers known to supply data to the Governmental agencies. Indeed, they are arranging for better security and privacy of client’s data – building Swiss Cloud is such an effort. Unlike Microsoft and Google – most of the companies has solid business and their strategy is not to harm their clients.
Ignorance about technical matters – as an easy example; uploading a non password protected zip archive of FTP content on public cloud for WordPress website, can definite ensure hacking attempts. First, the approach of such way to take backup is wrong, secondly; with proper key pair setup; it is never possible to login to the Database Servers unless the Private key is know.
Cloud is for Efficiency and Safety and Provider Matters
The problem, then, not so much in technological answers to the security issues are given by the different cloud providers to their customers. In fact, some security solutions would be really excellent, but nevertheless would not be able to overcome all the points that drive business sensitive data. We suggest to opt for Secure Cloud Computing, test and properly understand what is running behind; otherwise some misquote will come out like said for the launch of Railways!
With the full knowledge of PRISM like Governmental Malware activities and their truth worthy information supplying brothers, if you load a script from Google even at your fronted of just website for your business, definitely you are inviting some risks. Fact is that – most still happily using Google Apps where the Governments has not banned it ( Read Google Apps Banned from Public Office in Sweden for Privacy Concerns, India clearly gave warning to the Indian corporates to secure their infrastructure.)
You know well that Microsoft Windows is a risky Operating System, if you do not follow the Open Cloud strategy – from Operating System to Cloud Software, you are likely to be at risk.