Despite increasing concerns about security, more CIOs are moving to cloud solutions. Why? Two reasons present themselves. Companies are choosing cloud for its great potential for profit, regardless of the threat to security, or perhaps it is because CIOs are less concerned about security than they should be.
Both theories, however, are inadequate explanations for the huge shift to cloud. Most CIOs perform in-depth assessments, in which they gauge the risks and benefits of moving to the cloud. In addition, in these assessments, CIOs carefully take security into consideration.
Since the pair of fallback assumptions have been proven false, let’s consider four other possibilities for the increased adoption of the cloud:
1. Sometimes having the most secure service is unnecessary.
It is more likely that, rather than deciding to take a chance with low security in exchange for reduced expenses, CIOs are using less-resilient cloud services because these still meet their business needs. Due to the large number of benefits, cloud computing with less-than-ideal security may be worthwhile for many businesses.
2. On-premise systems are no more secure than cloud.
The level of security is not inherently higher with an on-premise system than with the cloud; both have the potential for either high or low security. However, businesses are often able to receive a much higher level of security–and at a reduced cost–through cloud services than would be feasible on-premise. It has even been suggested that consumers may be working closely with their providers to ensure proper measures to protect their data are in place.
3. Cloud is safer than it sounds.
The reason many people think that cloud lacks security is mostly due to the publicity it has received. Private organizations who experience a privacy breach are unlikely to advertise that fact, because they want to save face and they want to lower the chances of someone else taking advantage of a shortcoming in their system.
A security breach to an important cloud provider always sounds shocking, but the general public frequently does not receive all the information about how such a breach occurred. Schemes affecting large companies are often very complex and may have been designed over a period of several years. CIOs, however, do research their options in depth before choosing a particular service.
4. Security is improving.
Since the NSA released reports highlighting security gaps in cloud systems, providers have been stepping up their game. Cloud providers are constantly developing better techniques to ensure that consumer data is safe. Reputable providers understand the importance of using everything within their means to create the safest environment possible for their clients’ data.
The trend of more companies moving to cloud clearly shows that the media hype is not all that it first appears to be. Any responsible CIO will not jeopardize security for greater margins and higher profitability, and many are likely choosing cloud because they believe it is adequately safe for their company’s needs and, in many cases, better than they could achieve on-premise.