IT departments seeing benefits from cloud implementation

December 12, 2012

Cloud computing services have become important tools for businesses of all sizes. IT departments that invest in the cloud can take advantage of its benefits to help their companies grow.

Why choose the cloud?
Many employers responsible for developing their data backup and recovery plans use cloud servers to ensure business continuity because they can hold an inordinate number of documents in one place. If a natural disaster or a power outage occurs, decision-makers are assured they won't lose files and can access them from any device to minimize downtime. The cloud can also be used for compliance purposes, and allows for collaboration among professionals who may work from home or on their mobile devices. 

Adoption expected to increase
According to CMSWire, implementing a cloud service into business infrastructures - whether it be public, private or hybrid - will remain an important topic for IT professionals in 2013. Use of mobile devices and social media, both of which require the use of the cloud to conduct business, will also become more common among organizations.

Experts predict that more institutions will adopt cloud services in 2013. However, IT professionals may not have the proper skills to develop applications or projects for companies in the cloud. As more decision-makers consider adoption, it is crucial for IT departments to learn how to secure the cloud.

Security is crucial
A separate survey by SailPoint suggests that decision-makers may not be developing proper network security standards. The annual Market Pulse Survey found that institutions are placing one-third of their mission-critical applications in the cloud, Dark Reading reported. By 2015, employers said they plan to put about half of their important files on a cloud platform. However, IT professionals may not be aware that all employees can access confidential apps, and only 34 percent of 400 polled business leaders asked their IT staffs for help when selecting vendors.

The study also found that 14 percent of executives are unaware of whether they have mission-critical files stored in the cloud, making it difficult for IT staffs to set up access controls and block attacks.

Although this cost-effective solution has made communication easier than ever, employers must make it a priority to put preventative measures in place to guarantee data protection. Experts encourage decision-makers to educate their staffs about the importance of passwords in order to avoid breaches and protect data. They should also seek the help of their IT departments to develop cloud security policies and install antivirus software and firewalls.

-McAfee Cloud Security