Top 5 Data Protection Concerns for Cloud Computing

So you are thinking of buying cloud services for your company but are skeptical due to data protection concerns. If so, you are not alone. Cloud computing is a milestone, a technological advancement that we have reached after decades of hard work but like any other form of technology, it has its pros and cons.  

In this article, we will take you through 5 of the concerns people have in general about data protection that you should also keep in mind. Knowing all the concerns will help you find ways through them and to find a vendor that addresses them all.

But! First things first. Let's see what cloud computing is so we have a clearer view of the problem at hand.

 

What is Cloud computing?

Cloud computing is a service that provides, storage, database facility, intelligence, computing, power, etc. through a pay-as-you-go service. You only pay for the service and not for the hardware, software, office space, and power that is consumed.

Whether it’s an Edtech company that organizes programming events e.g. C++ boot camps, or a fashion brand that deals with clothes, data holds high value in the present era.

 

The top 5 concerns:

Now let's discuss the top 5 concerns of cloud computing to understand whether cloud computing is worth the hype or not!!

 

1. Misconfiguration

Misconfiguration means to incorrectly configure a software safeguard or to forget to configure anything on a system. Configuration is the arrangement or instructions that you set to achieve a goal for a task. When you set it incorrectly or don’t set it that leads to problems.

Many cloud providers can't keep data well configured and secured. Misconfiguration can be because data is made easy to access and share on a cloud. That makes it hard for companies to prevent third parties from viewing their data.

Companies also rely on the vendors for security, configuration, deployment, and visibility that can leave them with a system that doesn't provide enough security. Many companies avail cloud services from different vendors leading to a security breach at some point due to misconfiguration.  

The breach is fueled by the company’s lack of knowledge on configuration and the vendor’s lack of competency in this regard. It gets messy!

 

2. Unauthorized access

A hacker waits for weak spots in a company’s system and once he gains control over that he can enter without the company’s knowledge. Misconfiguration and credentials which are compromised can lead to an attack. The hacker can gain access unauthorized and can do anything he desires with your company’s precious data.

 

3. Data theft from a physical system

A cloud vendor does use a data center for your data and so a physical location is in the story!! Your concern should be to use a cloud service that has strong security around their data center and an efficient disaster management system.

Your data might be stolen from the data center thus it’s crucial to keep a check on whether it’s kept under tight control or not!

 

4. Data exposure to public

Public cloud services do have the shortcoming of exposing data to the public. Lack of visibility is a huge issue and when you can’t see certain parts of your company’s data you can’t see how it works and how secure it is. In 2018, 84% of businesses had added more workload to the public cloud as reported by Dimension Research.

The common use of the public cloud can thus pose serious threats which companies should keep in mind while choosing a cloud service.

 

5. Data loss

Let’s admit it we all have had an experience where we accidentally deleted a file without saving and lost precious work. While that's what happens to a layman data loss due to human error is not rare to vendors even. Data loss can be due to natural events or malicious installations.

In any case, it’s very dangerous for the company. Sometimes data loss can be followed by an attack to steal data after malicious files are installed. To deal with such issues a disaster recovery system, integrated system against cyber-attacks, and protection of each network layer are very vital.

 

 

Conclusion

In this article, we explained 5 data protection issues that arise with cloud computing. You can avoid them for sure with better strategies and through awareness. Misconfiguration (wrong configuration of a system) and compromised credentials can lead to unauthorized access and are major issues that companies face each year.

Data visibility to the public and data loss due to mismanagement or natural crises are also some concerns that add up and give the cloud a bad name but there are certainly ways around all the issues. Hackers are waiting for you to make a mistake and with your data in a vendor's hands, it becomes even more crucial to know who to trust. 

According to IBM, a data breach can cost a business an average total cost of 3.86 USD. That's a huge loss!!!

But if you buy the right services which take care of your security concerns you can deal with the attacks that cause such losses. With time hackers get smarter but so does the cloud!!!

 

References

https://aws.amazon.com/what-is-cloud-computing/

https://www.cloudpro.co.uk/cloud-essentials/public-cloud/8084/data-visibility-the-biggest-problem-with-public-clouds

https://www.coursera.org/lecture/cyber-threats-attack-vectors/misconfiguration-4Pvmi

https://www.checkpoint.com/cyber-hub/cloud-security/what-is-cloud-security/top-cloud-security-issues-threats-and-concerns/

https://searchstorage.techtarget.com/IronMountainCloud/Top-6-Considerations-For-Cloud-Security-and-Data-Protection

https://www.cdnetworks.com/cloud-security-blog/5-key-cloud-security-challenges/

https://www.ibm.com/security/data-breach

 

 

 

 

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