The cloud is one of the most talked-about subjects in the IT industry today. Yet not all of the information being spread about it is helpful. As exciting as it may seem to small businesses looking for any way to gain an edge on their competitors, the uncertainty around it causes many of them to steer clear. Even though these networks offer some serious advantages to business owners, misinformation and myth leave them with an unclear picture of the risks involved. Data security is and should be at the top of business leaders’ priorities. This is why it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to how safe information would be.
For instance, a persistent idea people have about cloud computing is that the lack of physical servers leaves precious information more vulnerable because the servers would not be on-site. The truth is, these systems can be hybrids of public and private servers, offering greater protection. Another misconception is that once a business chooses a cloud provider, it is turning the keys to its kingdom entirely over to that third party. On the contrary, businesses that use these networks maintain a high degree of control over their information. They still have the power to set password protections, back up their data at any time, and establish data management policies. Others may shy away from the technology because they fear that protecting their files simply is too difficult. What they don’t understand is that securing these systems is no more difficult than any other type of network.
If you’re considering taking your business’s networking over to the cloud but are scared by what you’ve heard about it, take a look at the accompanying slideshow. It breaks common myths about security in the cloud and lays out the truth.
Author bio:Stephen McCarney is VP of Marketing for OPAQ, a premier network security cloud company. He has 20 years of experience in the industry, and focuses on marketing and business strategy.
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Originally published at Samuel Pavin.