Is Cloud Computing Safe?
If you have an internet email account or use a social media network, you have used a cloud platform. Broadly speaking, cloud computing is the outsourcing of data that was traditionally stored on privately owned computers. The information is now stored on servers operated and managed by someone else, allowing you access anywhere there is an Internet connection. Uploading photos or documents using such sites as FlickR or Google Docs makes them available from a mobile phone, coffee shop, or home.
For businesses, cloud computing is the fastest growing segment of the IT industry and is the next stage of the Internet’s evolution. Large companies, like Google and Amazon, already have most of their IT resources in the cloud because it reduces the amount of hardware purchased and maintained as well as information stored. Recession-hit companies are realizing that by tapping into the cloud they, too, can have access to the latest business applications while boosting their infrastructure resources, all at negligible cost.
Before you jump into the cloud, you should know the unique security risks. Customers must demand transparency and avoid vendors that refuse to provide detailed information on security programs and issues such as RECOVERY, DATA SEGREGATION, LONG TERM VIABILITY, USER ACCESS, and DATA LOCATION. While cloud computing is safe, it’s vital to put your data into the hands of professionals that meet the highest of security standards and provide a comprehensive layered defense. In many cases better security can be achieved in a virtualized environment rather than in a physical one. Choosing the right professionals will make your leap into the clouds safe and secure.
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