Overhyped reports of cloud hacks and server failures can lead some small business owners to be wary of a service that has so much to offer. So what are the most common misconceptions about cloud computing? Here we try to debunk a few myths that many people believe about the cloud.
#1. Cloud infrastructures are insecure
Information security is a necessity for every business. And the most prevalent misconception about the cloud is the idea that cloud services lack appropriate security measures to keep data safe from intruders. Most users also think that the data stored in the cloud can be easily accessed by anyone, from anywhere, and at any time.
But the truth is it’s actually more secure for small businesses to use cloud services. Small companies usually can’t afford to hire an IT department let alone train them to deal with online security threats. Cloud providers, on the other hand, offer services such as multi-layered security systems and antivirus protection that not only specialize in keeping infrastructures safe from hackers but are available at a price that is much lower than you would pay for in-house IT staff.
Additionally, large cloud-based services such as G Suite and Office 365 are supported by an infrastructure that constantly installs updates and patches, which helps manage security breaches. This frees you from the burden of installing the updates yourself and managing the overall security of your system.
Users should understand that no company is completely safe from security threats regardless of their IT infrastructure. But data is likely to be more secure in the hands of cloud providers as they are the most prepared and qualified to protect your digital property.
#2. The cloud lacks proper encryption
Most people misunderstand how encryption is implemented to keep your data safe. For example, encryption is generally used for data in transition, where data is protected from anyone seeing it as it travels from one internet address to another. But encryption can also be applied to data at rest, where data is encrypted on a storage drive.
With this in mind, you should understand what types of encryption your business and its data require. When it comes to choosing the right cloud service, it is best to inform yourself about the security measures that a cloud infrastructure implements and look at how it can protect your company’s digital property.
#3. With the cloud you are no longer responsible for data security
While cloud security is important, protecting data ultimately rests on the users who have access to it. Misplacing unlocked mobile devices can leave your data vulnerable and compromise your entire cloud infrastructure. This is why we recommend strong verification mechanisms in place for devices that are used to access the cloud.
#4. The cloud is never faulty
Like many IT services, cloud-based services are not immune to technical difficulties. For example, some cloud businesses have suffered outages and server failures which corrupted files and may have lost data in the process.
Hacking is another reason why some cloud services fail. Using a less than optimal cloud service that is vulnerable to attacks can lead to stolen or deleted data, which would be near impossible to recover if you did not have any offline backups.
Before signing up for any type of cloud service, clarify with its provider what is guaranteed. Most cloud providers make promises about a service’s uptime or its safety from provider-related breaches.
#5. Cloud is a “catch-all” term that be easily generalized in regards to infrastructures and performances
Just like how different brands and models of cars and computers can have drastically different internals, the term “cloud” by itself really doesn’t mean much when it comes to real-world implementations. In other words, there are different types of clouds from different providers at different price points. And much like any other merchandise or services on the market, there are good deals as well as bad ones.
Here at FelinePC, we’re strong proponents of properly designed “Dedicated Private Cloud” for small businesses. You can read about its major advantages here on our services page.
Security, privacy, performance and pricing are four of the biggest barriers to the adoption of cloud computing in a small business. But as cloud services expand and technologies advance, cloud adoption is increasingly becoming the most sensible solution to meet many small business owners’ IT demands. Contact us today to learn how your business can take advantage of all the cloud has to offer.