14 July 2011 14:07:03
Given the enormous hype surrounding the cloud, it's easy to see why businesses of all sizes are anxious to move their IT services to a hosted environment. However, before diving head-first into a cloud computing service, there are several factors a company should consider.
According to a recent VentureBeat report, privacy and security are among the chief considerations when moving to the cloud. It's true that many businesses have found significant cost and performance benefits by deploying cloud services, but the fact of the matter is that there are inherent risks when storing data on another company's system.
"When you store data on someone else’s computer, they can see it," the VentureBeat report stated. "Even if you trust the company that controls that storage, data can get into the wrong hands."
To alleviate some of these concerns, experts recommend companies only choose cloud providers that are reputable and have adequate systems in place to protect sensitive corporate data. Furthermore, encrypting information and deploying Security-as-a-Service solutions can improve a company's data protection practices and provide higher levels of access control.
-McAfee Cloud Security