cloud computingCloud computing is now becoming a relatively ubiquitous technology, but many decision-makers in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market continue to be fearful of the security implications that come along with the services. It is important to note that comfort in the protective powers of cloud solutions have certainly come a long way in the past few years, but there is much more work to be done.

Decision-makers who do not have a tight understanding of the ways in which this technology operates – specifically in terms of security-related matters – will be far less likely to make the right moves in real time. SMBs must first recognize why cloud security myths are dangerous to the provisioning process, and then understand the actual facts of the matter.

When good myths go bad
The most obvious danger of buying into a myth that surrounds a given technology is that it clearly indicates a lack of informed decision making. Too often, business leaders will simply believe that the cloud is less secure than legacy systems and other traditional IT frameworks because it is new, managed externally or viewed as “open to the public.”

This is not a rare line of thinking, as studies have shown that the most common issue holding back an SMB from adopting the technology is fears of data breach and security lapses.

Now, the first danger here is related to the fact that a failure to proactively embrace the cloud will likely lead to a competitive disadvantage in the near future. IDC released a report that projects the cloud to become ubiquitous, potentially so much so that it reaches a utility-like status on the global scale, within the coming decades.

The second danger is that these falsely propagated concerns will hinder the clarity of the actual cloud security policy after deployment.

The real rub
Many security analysts and tech gurus have pointed out that the cloud actually presents a new opportunity to create more efficient lines of data and network oversight. Because IT departments and leaders can manage the entirety of solutions and data from one central location, the risk of employee error and other common threats to security are minimized compared to traditional frameworks.

Additionally, when SMBs are not confident in their in-house ability to control security, they can turn to qualified managed service providers in their local areas to sidestep potential issues.

 Peter Farley, Vice President

Tech II Business Services, Inc.