Since its introduction to the business world, the cloud has quickly established itself as one of the most integral technologies in modern society. In the private and professional worlds, the cloud has delivered a range of benefits, from convenient access to data to cost-savings in hardware reduction.
However, as with any technology as popular as the cloud, it’s common for there to be some misinformation circulating…
1. The Cloud Is Automatically Secure
Wrong – in fact, According to the Cloud Security Business RedLock and its Cloud Security Trends report, more than 50% of businesses that use cloud services like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) have unintentionally exposed at least one of these services to the public.
This growing trend of unsecured cloud configurations is due to businesses neglecting known vulnerabilities in the cloud, or failing to properly assess their cloud environment to discover unseen security risks. RedLock researchers found that:
Protecting the privacy of your clients and the security of their personal information is your business’ number one priority, and while it might not seem like it at first glance, the cloud is more than capable of helping your business to do just that.
You need to make sure you have the necessary range of security features enabled when you use the cloud, such as:
2. There’s Only One Option
Again, this isn’t true. There’s an important choice to be made when it comes to the cloud solution you choose to use – will you manage it firsthand, or have someone else handle it for you?
As with any of these examples, it depends on a few key considerations:
3. Migration Is Simple
To those who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with technology, the prospect of changing the fundamental nature of their IT environment from top to bottom is simply too much to ask.
Even when the benefits of transitioning to a new cloud solution are clear and verifiable, many would prefer not to go to the effort and expense of switching IT models.
For a time, that was a fair argument. The process of pulling apart an on-premise IT environment, reducing hardware, and then building a new environment in the cloud that would do all the same things was a long, tedious and stressful process to undertake.
But today? You don’t have to anymore. Many popular cloud platforms offer intuitive and low-risk migration features.
That said, it’s even wiser to work with an expert IT support company that can oversee the migration for you, making sure that there’s no unnecessary downtime or lost files.
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