“There is no free lunch in the city. If a cloud product is for free, it can be assumed that the user is the product. Moreover, in such offers usually a highly automated mass processing stands in the way of data security”, says Cornelius Weiss, Team Leader Software Engineering at Metaways in Hamburg. If companies want to benefit from the undeniable benefits of cloud technology while at the same time ensuring data security, they should contact a service provider who can implement their protection requirements individually. “But this is only possible in private clouds that are implemented by the providing company with its own hardware or a well-known operator. Then it is possible to design a very secure solutions. But for free this is not manageable.”
Cloud adoption carries big risks for companies
Corporations love the cloud. It’s easy, it’s everywhere, and it keeps costs down. In fact, recent surveys of information technology professionals by 451 Research, Forrester Research, and the Society for Information Management all suggest they like it so much that they’re willing to behave in very dangerous ways to use it.
The 451 survey tells us that CIOs worry about security. The Forrester one suggests that despite these worries, more and more of these companies are taking part in risky cloud behavior. And the SIM one reveals that executives controlling the IT purse strings just don’t care.
The problem with the cloud, or at least the problem with the public version of the cloud, is that it’s not secure. Hackers, be they criminals or government agents in the NSA, would have to physically steal a hard drive to get locally stored data. They have no such problems accessing cloud services.