There is no way to deny the huge benefits of cloud computing, especially for businesses. About 75% of the businesses’ R&D budget is spent on cloud improvement. However, everything has its drawbacks. Businesses should be careful when choosing to put their trust in cloud computing.
The first thing is IT security
No matter how much cloud providers spend on servers and application upgrades, their systems can never be safe completely. Nowadays, with the huge demand for information and data, hackers are willing to find ways to steal this valuable data source from cloud computing servers and applications. When businesses’ data is exposed, they have to suffer huge losses, which is hard to estimate the real statistic.
Companies’ data about their employees, customers, trade secrets,… will be sold to different organizations. And nothing is worse than a business’s too secret is public on every media. Companies also have to face the mass boycott campaign for their consumers if they find out that their information providing to the businesses. Giving you resources control to others is just risky.
Second is the risk of data corruption
Cloud computing applications allow many people in the business, including managers, staffs, directors,… to get access to the company’s data. What if there is a mistake while these people working with the business’s data and information? The intentional or unintentional activities potentially lead to the data leak, corruption, lost.
The inside threats are much more dangerous if this situation happens. Business competitors may hire agents from a business to get trade secrets, for example, leading to less competitiveness and potential risk of bankruptcy. The more people get access to the company’s cloud computing applications, the more risks exposed to them.
Denial of Service
Denial of Service is not a type of hack. It happens when the servers are not available for a particular period of time. Cloud computing budgets increase do not mean your servers and applications can work smoothly without any problems. As information is necessary for any stages and business tasks, lack of access to data storage will be dangerous.
The longer servers do not work, the more damages and losses business has to suffer because it interrupts the time-sensitive schedule. Depending on the length of inactivity period, an organization may experience a slight or sharp fall in their overall performances.
As governments are taking more control over businesses’ activities due to government surveillance programmes, there are more people want to get your data and information. Your data, when being transmitted through the internet or even between cloud computing applications, potentially is inspected by the governments and other institutions.
This means that, besides the risks of data risks caused by their competitors, businesses also have to face the surveillance issues caused by the government. This kind of data leak sometimes can be considered as the government regulations or command that companies cannot avoid during their workings. They have no choice but accepting that hard fact and try to keep their high secret as secure as possible.
Cloud computing obviously brings many benefits associated with data process for a business. However, when taking advantages of this incredible technology, companies really should be careful as the potential risks are enormous.