Security Concerns Might Hinder the Growth of Cloud Computing

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Self PortraitCody Helscel
Blog writer & Web developer

Since cloud computing has become more and more popular over the years, the security of having our data in the cloud has been on everybody’s minds. One popular cloud platform is Dropbox.
Nowadays you can have your own personal cloud right at home or your office. Just for a few hundred dollars, you can have reliable data shared across your network. One benefit to having a personal cloud is security. You own and control it.

 

You will still want to have a backup of your data at a separate location. What if something happens, like a fire? We don’t like to think about that event happening, but think of a backup like insurance.
With the help of an IT person (me), you can access your personal cloud across the internet, to share your pictures and videos with friends and family. Neat! It would be like having your own Dropbox at home without the monthly fee (except internet cost).


Cloud computing services aren’t only limited to businesses, but individuals can use them, too. Google Docs or other Google services can be used to collaborate and share documents with other team members. These services can really help us be more productive.


In recent years, companies have started putting their applications on the cloud and charging a monthly subscription fee to use. When we look at Office 365, QuickBooks and Adobe, we see many cost benefits. No more updates; the applications are updated automatically to the next version. Adobe software can cost around $500, then the upgrade when it’s time to upgrade to the next version. With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can pay $20 per month for that same software or $50 per month to get multiple applications!



Cloud computing is especially important for mobile and portable devices. Let’s say you have a document you made at home, perhaps with Google Docs. To access that document on your mobile device, you can easily access it. Even if you’re not connected to the internet, Google Docs will download it to your device for offline use. You may also view pictures and videos in a similar way.
With the development of cloud technologies, the need for data security rises. As there will be hackers, so will companies develop new security practices. Currently data stored on the cloud typically is encrypted, especially when using a backup service.


Rajat Bhargava, co-founder of JumpCloud, a cloud security startup said, "There's no more debate. When you don't own the network, it's open to the rest of the world, and you don't control the layers of the stack, the cloud - by definition - is more insecure than storing data on premises.” On-premise just means local home or office.


The Open Data Center Alliance, an organization who has helped coordinate the development of standards for cloud computing, are believed to be cloud enthusiasts. Recently a survey, however, revealed that around 66% of the organization’s members are concerned about data security. Another survey conducted showed that 80% of the members where skeptic about entering the realm of cloud computing due to security concerns.


One of the major concerns around cloud computing is data security. It’s definitely a factor in the decision whether or not people move their data to the cloud. Another concern people have is whether or not they will be tied to a particular cloud storage provide (like Dropbox).


Amazon Web Services is a cloud computer provider that has only begun in recent years. That department has been the fastest growing department of Amazon. However, in October of 2012, their service failed for a while, and people were unable to access their documents.


Cloud computing still has a ways to go for perfection, but it’s worth look further into.

 



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