7 more common cloud concerns and how to overcome them
This is the second of two
articles regarding common cloud concerns and how they may be overcome. Read the first
Cloud adoption is increasing – due to the many benefits including remote access, security, cost, collaboration and business continuity. Gartner expects worldwide public cloud service revenue to be $278.3 billion by 2021. So, what is it that is currently preventing people from moving to the cloud and what are the most common cloud concerns?
Here are 7 more common cloud concerns and how to overcome them:
Trust between your cloud
service provider and you is one of the main concern’s organisations face when
implementing cloud computing. You need to be sure that your chosen cloud
provider is of reputable standing. Also be sure that if you outsource any
migration or managed service elements, your Managed Services Provider is
properly accredited to carry out those duties.
2. Legal issues
There are many regulatory requirements and data security laws that cloud systems need to adhere to. And depending on your company sector or size, there can be even more. Talk to your managed services partner. The team will guide you as to what you need to do and what the MSP can do to help you ensure compliance.
Microsoft has built around 1,000 controls in Office 365 compliance framework that enable organisations stay up to date with changes to industry standards.
3. Confidentiality and integrity of data
All organisations must keep data confidential and some fear that the cloud inhibits that. However, this is easily resolved by encrypting all data stored in the cloud and deploying the security measures suggested in these articles.
4. Lack of skills
Often companies lack the right skills to oversee and manage their cloud implementations, be it multi, public, hybrid or private. This can lead to high costs and increased risk. And of course, in this market it is hard to employ the rights skills. Partnering with an experience managed cloud provider overcomes this issue.
Many cloud users are aware
that they may not be using the cloud efficiently from a cost perspective. One
of the main reasons organisations do overspend is lack of automation and tools
to monitor compliance and cost. A lot of businesses also overprovision their
Cloud consumption management enables businesses consume the exact cloud resources needed including lifecycle costs, meter usage and consumption analysis, putting you in control of cloud consumption.
One of the main cloud computing challenges in recent years is migration – ie the process of moving an application to a cloud. A new application is easy, but when it comes to moving an existing application to a cloud environment, many challenges arise. Ensure you have the correct skills (either in house or via a partner) and a detailed cloud migration project plan.
7. Phishing and social engineering attacks
The hackers are getting cleverer and social engineering is the most likely way that they will gain access to your systems. Trilogy has produced two articles which talk in detail about these issues. But the quick answer to help prevent these attacks is train employees, undertake regular backups and implement 2FA.
Finally, it is important to
note that you are responsible
for the security of what you deploy to the cloud. Your cloud provider (eg
Microsoft Azure) is responsible for the security of the cloud. Microsoft has
taken extreme measures to secure clients’ data and has a guaranteed 99.9%