Cloud Security: Myth Vs Reality

As cloud technology continues to expand and work its way into every business environment, workers and IT professionals are trying to distinguish between the fact and fiction regarding cloud security. There are plenty of myths that, despite holding no truth, have scared companies into changing their order of operations.

A Quick Summary of the Cloud

The cloud is a network of servers that holds all of the documents, applications, and other important items that you can access from the internet at a moment’s notice. This form of storage has become so popular because it reduces each computer’s individual responsibility for holding all files and applications on the computer hard drive itself.

People who use the cloud can access their calendars, emails, files, and more from any computer they use simply by accessing the internet and heading to their cloud storage location. One very popular example of the cloud is Google Drive, which holds everything from files and pictures to word processing applications on the cloud for each Google user to access individually.

Myth: The Cloud is More Vulnerable Than Traditional IT Infrastructure

This is the number one pervading myth that prevents companies from switching their IT system over to the cloud. This logic is akin to saying it’s safer to travel through a foreign city with $1,000 in your wallet rather than leaving it locked in a safe in your hotel room. Though you may feel better having that much money right by your side and within your control, it’s far more likely that you will be pickpocketed or lose your wallet than it is that your hotel safe will be robbed.

In fact, it is very difficult for an attack. Cloud providers are under extreme pressure to create and maintain the safest servers since so many people rely upon them. It would be much easier for cybercriminals to attack a company’s personal IT system than a cloud provider’s.

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