Cloud Computing – Giving Your Business Data Management Wings

Will your business data be safe in the clouds using a sound cloud computing system?

Its a fair question. The last thing your company needs is to lose its trade secrets or customer lists to a hole in its security. Now, the question is whether there are reasons to believe that the risks to the business’s valuable records is too great to take a chance on this new technology.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

There are two considerations when it comes to security. There are the risks posed by hackers who destroy computer systems by deploying virus infections just for sport. Unfortunately, a business also has to protect itself from security breaches inside its own walls. Some employees are plain dishonest, and would betray their employer’s trust at the drop of a hat. This is a special risk if the employee feels he was wrongfully discharged or laid off. Since the beauty of cloud computing is the ability to access it from anywhere, employers are justified in worrying about security and privacy.

A “key logging” program is the most common way for a hacker to gain knowledge of a business’s computer system. By keeping track of how the system is being used through its keyboard, a hacker can figure out how to cause the most damage without being detected in time for prevention measures to be taken. He can infiltrate a large computer network, without the owner’s knowledge or suspicion. He can introduce code that causes the system to destroy itself from inside. In the end, data that cannot be replaced, is lost for good, and terribly expensive damage results.

Cloud computing security

Cloud computing is a sound preventative for business protection. Key loggers can’t access the remote servers where the bulk of the business’s data and records would be kept. Besides, cloud providers  have back up systems in place to protect their own reputations for safety and security. Even if the data was destroyed, it could be recaptured. Even so, it is doubtful that a hacker could penetrate the layers of security that the cloud computing system provides.

Cloud computing gives employers ways to protect themselves both on and off premises. . Individual employees only have to access the applications they need to perform their duties.. They don’t need to access trade secrets to process invoices or answer company email.

Using passwords to control entry into the employer’s data can afford further protection. Passwords can be changed or discontinued if necessary. Thus, a former employee’s access to the business’s data and programs can be cut off quickly and efficiently.

There are no absolute guarantees using any computer system. However, cloud computing offers more protection than used to be available using traditional models. The cloud computing hosts are vested in keeping their customer’s data safe, because there’s nothing like a bad reputation to cause any business concern to go under. The cloud host and its clients have a mutual interest in tightening security wherever possible, and it is doubtful that either will tolerate lax attention to that aspect of the service in the future.