Cloud Computing hype is growing rapidly. Large and small businesses have grasp the essence of being in the “Cloud”.Moreover, Cloud Computing providers are now facing challenges, that require them to adjust their service models according to the needs of their clients. Some companies demand large quantities of storage to save their data.However, companies cant always relay on the machines. As all machines they can occasionally break down. This is why Cloud computing providers make a copy of all their clients information and saves it on other servers. This process is known as redundancy meaning they make copies of data to retrieve data that would be unreachable by any other means.Also known as a main privacy issue.
Moreover, business are aware of the advantages and see the potential of cloud computing.But, also have many concerns about security and privacy. Security is considered to be the most critical aspect for all businesses, due to the fact that some information is senstivy and important. The process of redundancy would put this on jeopardize, mainly because you have your data being backed up every week and saved into other serves, and not only saved into other server but available on the “Cloud”. So, to illustrate you, worst case scenario, what would happen if your data is leaked or stolen? or accessed by someone else? You wouldn’t want your information to fall into the wrong hands. However, this is only one of the many concerns that businesses have and think of at the time of acquiring cloud computing.
Other underlying issues such as “Trust” between the service provider and the user in other words the management of the data not being trustworthy has become a concern as well. Since there is no way for the user to know wether there is any risk, not only of his data being stolen or filtered but also of any risk of an insider attack. In additionConfidentiality is another concern for the users since all the data is being stored on a remote location where only the service provider has complete access.Moreover, cloud security is also affected by legal regulations. Cloud Computing service providers sometimes face the risks the they have to follow the security laws and requirements that are enforced by the Government in the country where the data center is located. Users have no control over this, or what happens to their data according to this regulations.
Look at this video about the cloud security challenges Microsoft faces and the solutions they offer.
So what about solutions?
We’ve seen that there is no doubt that cloud computing benefits are great, it has helped businesses to overcome the gap that existed between technology and business. Unlimited Storage, Application hosting, low cost infrastructure leave companies more than willing to acquire this new trend as their business model.However, as we have discuss throughout this post i personally think that cloud needs to overcome some of its underlying issues before it becomes widely adopted. There are many issues and concerns regarding the use of Cloud Computing when it comes to privacy security. However, one of the first steps towards this is by creating a concise format for the SLA ( Service Level Agreement). This is like the service contract between the service provider and the client. The SLA needs to be fully document about the processes and services the provider is offering; this will ensure the client that there isn’t wrong going on, or if something happens the client will be aware of it.Addtionally, they should reinforce the NDA (Non- Disclosure Agreement ). Regarding legal Issues, I think that is more difficult to handle, because the Government is always coming up with new regulations and laws for the benefit of “The People”. For instance a lot of controversy has been brought by the PRISM collection of data, many experts believe that this puts cloud computing adoption at risk because they can gather your information without any warning.
- PRISM revelations result in lost business for US cloud companies >> Ars Technica (arstechnica.com)
- NSA Exposes Cloud Computing’s Weakness (fossforce.com)
- Cloud Computing: How Can Companies Reduce the Security Risk? (sys-con.com)
- Top 10 Cloud Computing Questions & Answers (staples.com)