Three Common Cloud Misconceptions Clarified

When it comes to cloud, you have probably heard a variety of facts and figures being thrown around. However, there are several cloud concerns that are actually just common cloud misconceptions. In this post, I will discuss three of the most common concerns that I hear from clients to help clear up some of the confusion around what the cloud really is.

#1: “The Cloud is Not Safe”

This is the number one most common concern stressed by clients as they consider shifting to the cloud. It is critical to understand that in fact, yes, the cloud is extremely safe. Each of the major cloud providers (Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services) maintain considerable security measures around physical security. Each of them give you the control to manage who has access to your data. Each of them routinely utilize penetration testing to ensure that their cloud infrastructure is resistant to breaches. When we start to ask more specific questions around individual aspects of safety, we can see amazing measures of safety taken at each of the providers. I think that this misconception is centered primarily around a need for education and more specific questions.

Here are some links to each of the major providers’ information on security:

Microsoft Azure

Google Cloud

Amazon Web Services

#2: “We Cannot Remain Compliant in the Cloud”

Depending on the compliance requirements you have, the cloud actually provides a lot of compliance consideration. All three of the major cloud providers have done a great job of going through independent audits and documenting those standards for their customers. Each provider, however, has different compliance standards in place, so make sure to understand what you need from your provider, and then check to make sure the provider you use is compliant.

Each provider has a site available where you can browse the available standards at your leisure:

Microsoft Azure Trust Center – Compliance

Google For Work Help – Compliance

AWS Compliance

#3: “Data Privacy is Risky in the Cloud”

Every major cloud provider ensures data privacy from things like data mining and advertising intelligence. Cloud providers use policies to make sure that data is inaccessible to employees under normal conditions. When information does need to be accessed, employees are given only enough access to do their job and only for as long as it’s necessary. These controls are automated and audited, which means that every action taken is logged and recorded.

These are three common misconceptions that I hope are now a bit more clear to you. With the introduction of such a new technology, it’s easy for misunderstandings to persist throughout the ecosystem. Taking the time to understand what is fact and what is myth will ensure a better transition to the cloud. If you have any questions about cloud or would like to chat more in-depth about the misconceptions in this post, please contact me directly at camron.bute@devfacto.com!