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Would it be fair to say that data is safer in the cloud? Why or why not?”

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By: Guest
Date: Wed-Feb-17-2016-
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No, it is not fair to say this in any generic sense. Nor, for that matter, is it safe to say the opposite either. 1 - Cloud covers a broad spectrum of services and infrastructure arrangements, some of which place more burden of security on the customer, and some which leave it more in the provider's hands. With a PaaS configuration, the customer would be almost 100% responsible for the security of the data being managed. With a SaaS configuration, the vendor would bear a much greater percentage for the security of the data at rest, but it would never approach 100%, and the customer might still have to ability to logon to the SaaS app from an ill-advised location, such as an Internet Cafe or public kiosk. An IaaS configuration would fall somewhere in between, but certainly more of the burden for security would be the customer's (75-95%, probably). †
2 - The safety of data is dependent upon a lot of factors, not just the location of the data at one point in time. Is your money safer if you put it into a locked, fire-resistant safe compared to a mattress? What if that safe is sitting somewhere out in the open in Baghdad vs your mattress sitting somewhere in a residential home in the USA or Europe?
† We need to encourage individuals and organizations to practice personal and corporate security and take it very seriously, not waiting until they have a major breach to do so. Vendors will only take security seriously when their customers do so, because it will be the cost of doing business. I'm not sure what it will take for customers to take it seriously in general. You'd think we've had enough breaches of small, medium and large businesses to get everyone up to speed, but there is still plenty of complacency out there. Many people don't have life insurance policies for themselves or their families, either, so perhaps the issue really isn't a technical one, but a human one. -ASB:
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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If I'm a small or medium size business, I need to understand why my data IS much safer in the cloud!
3 Key Factors:
Consider this, most cloud providers either SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS have a substantial investment in their infrastructure. Most have protection against outages all the way down to multiple generators with an onsite fuel supply. Redundancy is built throughout the data centers with power feeds coming from different utility providers, branch circuits from different PDU's (Power Distribution Units) I realize that is not true "data" protection, but it is a factor that you have to consider. How many times have you lost company data due to an unplanned reboot and the data tables in your data base are a mess? How does a cloud providerís data center compare to that of a small or medium size company? #2, he corporate network is accessed via the internet all the time. Think about how many remote users are connecting to the corporate network from various internet connections around the World. A server in the cloud will not compromise a data breech any more than that of a sales rep accessing the order entry system from a remote hotel wifi hot spot. The high end cloud providers will offer virtual routers that are created with a server instance (Specifically referring to IaaS here) that allow for port forwarding and VPN. Lastly, when we look at data specifically, most cloud providers have a resilient SAN environment in place. Some will have a configuration that separates the data from the OS layer, which means if a server fails, your data is still safe because it resides on a separate platform. The bottom line is 90% of business will see a substantial leap ahead in security and data protection when choosing the cloud. A cloud provider has a substantial investment in fault tolerance and data protection, after all, the survival of their business depends on it!
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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There is an old saying among hikers..."You are only as strong as the weakest member of the group." This saying is true within the cloud as well. When you are working with data in the cloud, all organizations involved need to implement the strongest security measures possible, including security measures for when that data is in transit. A breach in data will most likely occur within the area where there is the weakest security. That doesn't mean that it will occur. It just means that, that is most likely where it can/will occur. If that breach occurs on the cloud provider's side, then one can argue that data is not safer in the cloud. If that breach occurs on the client side, then the cloud was not to blame and one could argue that the data is safer within the cloud. The concept of security in the cloud also needs to extend out from the technology and into business. For example, what If a provider's servers are inaccessible? Will your own operations grind to a halt? What effect will that have on your business? In that case, is the data really safe? You can't even get to it! All in all, every business that is moving into the cloud needs to evaluate each part of the cloud that it plans on using, as well as the providers for those areas. That evaluation process is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted. One cannot say that data is more or less secure in the cloud until each evaluation process is complete.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Yes, the data is safer in the cloud. As we are getting news that many big brand banks in US has lost credit ratings, clearly showing recession is striking back and it is much stronger this time and impact of it can be huge. As this is the age of global business, companies are not limiting their business to one country and very much dependent on other country business conditions.
Now if we feel that we should be ready to wind up our operations once again, it is actually not the right thing to do. But what we should do is to find out the alternatives which can help us not only to survive but work in a normal manner even in recession.
Well, Cloud Computing is one of the solution which is very hot, where we look for cost saving. We can save a lot of operational cost with the help of cloud computing. Though it is an upcoming concept but ultimately is a saviour for us in the upcoming tough time. You can check this link as it is informative-
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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I looked at this question some time ago in my blog -
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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I think it depends on the company size and the importance of the data. For SMBs, it is definitely fair to fair to say that it is safer, easier and more affordable.
It seems like the some well-known blogs or even news networks like CNN love to pick up negative stories about cloud computing. I think as a business person, the right question to ask is not if the cloud is 100% safe but if it is safer than any other alternative that you are able to and willing to pay for.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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One of our customers came to us because his internal security rules are so strict that his software/IT department can not keep up with the pace of updates, upgrades, bug fixes, security patches etc. for their inhouse software. They are several versions behind which creates real security issues (not speaking of functionality) So they signed up with us (Software as a Service/Cloud based database) because our system for that reason alone is much for secure than what they have (or can have) inhouse.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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