Myths of cloud backup security

Cloud backup security has become popular in the last decade; the term cloud computing was used way back in 2006 by Amazon and Google. When organizations consider moving to the clouds for data backup, then the genuine primary concern is the security of the system. According to software asset management, there have been high profile breaches in 2016 by hackers especially to Yahoo, Dropbox, and BuzzFeed, most of the previous hacks also came to light the same year. Among the significant myths about the cloud backup are:

a) Cloud data is costly

In the 2000s it might have been right but right now it has changed, and cloud backup has proved to be more cost-effective than most data storage and other backup solutions like the on-premise servers. Having a cloud backup means eliminating the cost of investing in storage and rack space as well as the method of pay as you go subscription model.

b) Attacks from insiders in the same cloud

A continuous myth that the multi-tenant cloud-based infrastructure is more vulnerable compared to the traditional IT infrastructure. As this physical asset is shared, the first joint concern is the vulnerability of attack from other customers using the same service. Public clouds allow sharing of network space by several users. However, this does not give anyone else access to your personal data. It is mainly because data is encrypted which helps in analyzing any potential breach in the system.

c) Cloud data storage environment is easy to attack

Cloud storage is considered less secure, but this is more of a trust issue since it is not based on any analysis of actual security interference. Until today there have only been a few cases of security breaches in the public cloud while most breaches keep happening in the on-premises data center environment and not the cloud environment.

d) Cloud computing is too new hence less trusty

Like many other new items in the market that are not trusted due to the time of operation, many people do have a wrong belief that cloud computing is new in the market. The reality on the other hand is the extreme opposite as cloud computing began way back in the 1950s when its concept began. However, the first frames were so expensive that major universities and corporations set up terminals and shared mainframe. As time went by and the internet was more accessible in the 90s, cloud computing also started taking shape So there is over 20 years of history where corporations have used cloud computing to improve their businesses. This is due to the software asset management tools that have been invented.

e) On-premise systems are much safer

On-premise data is still considered much safer by most leading businesses unlike the cloud data storage system where it is believed to involve many risks. The reality on the other hand is that there are more risks in the on-premise data storage system due to the risks involved such as: the unsecured location in that storing data on the same premises as the organization equals to carrying all your eggs in the same basket, there are also minimum and questionable backup processes for the data stored on-premise and there could be inside theft from dishonest employees.

f) Loss of control

The myth that by using cloud data in storage is giving someone else power of their IT is a fallacy since most companies have already handed over the control to their internal IT department. It may be on the inside, but still, it is always the responsibility of someone else to manage, so using the cloud provider should not be treated differently.

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