Cloud Service Provider Myths

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Myth Busters

Exposing the Top 4 Myths of Data Security in the Cloud

In today’s rapidly growing data age, more and more businesses are choosing to migrate towards cloud storage over on-site data storage. But not all businesses know which cloud Service Provider (CSP) to use.

While most small to mid-size businesses are going the route of public clouds, there are still very real concerns over the privacy, security, and cost of the storage service.

Even though public cloud services are the endorsed solutions for cutting down IT costs, uncertainty still remains about data security.

In fact, security and control are two very distinctive ideas, and the difference can be found between data security for cloud and the data center.

The benefits of cloud storage are abundant. With choosing a public cloud service, companies can have speedy delivery, deployment, and IT resource scaling at much lower costs.

A public cloud can also have comparable, and in some cases better benefits, than that of the traditional on-site storage.

Even though there are several obvious benefits to cloud migration, some myths still endure. These are the fourth myths of cloud computing:

1.      You can’t control the location of your data on a public cloud. 2.      Sharing a server with an unknown customer can be a vital threat. 3.      There is a lack of transparency within the cloud. 4.      Your cloud service provider (CSP) is only responsible for security of the server.

Myth #1: You can’t control the location of your data on a public cloud

Since the location of one’s data is one of the primary concerns of customers, numerous countries have laws in place that make transferring of personal data in other countries a criminal offense. The custody of data presents more fear when management of the personal identification data, like financial or health-related information is involved. In these critical cases, the cloud service provider should carefully choose the location from which data centers are operated. The resellers that offer cloud services to customers shall choose the providers that can handle the location needs. Your business can easily choose a quality CSP that can provide data residency per your choice of location, with responsibility of your data.

Myth #2: Sharing a server with an unknown customer can be a vital threat.

When renting an apartment in a multi-unit complex, you are 90% more likely to be robbed by one of your own neighbors than someone who resides outside of your complex.

This is similar to the constant fear that cloud customers have when sharing their cloud tenancy with another unknown customer. However, the multi-tenant cloud infrastructure is no more vulnerable to attacks than that of a traditional IT infrastructure.

In a public cloud, the tenants share resources such as storage and networks, developing security concerns in the eyes of the cloud dwellers. In reality, it is extremely difficult for any tenant to attack another tenant in the in the cloud setting.

In order to prevent mutual tenant attacks from occurring, there is a layer of hypervisor in control of the separation between every tenant. Hypervisors are incredibly secure and critical to attack.

Myth #3: There Is a Lack Transparency within the Cloud

It is a well-known fact, and an obvious one at that, that a lack of transparency in any business does not go over well with customers. Not just in business, but in life, transparency equals trust.

Mistrust is the primary reason that most cloud service customers back out from the agreement. In order for CSPs to build trust they need to provide transparency and security.

A business can evaluate their cloud service provider by checking whether they have specific security compliance certifications on file. Additionally, you can confirm that the service provider abides by the Could Trust Protocol from the Cloud Security Alliance.

The Could Trust Protocol gives customers visibility by giving them the right information and it mentions that the data on the cloud is as it is and as per the rules mentioned.

This helps businesses make choices about which kind of data should go on which cloud and how to withstand the risk management decisions concerning the cloud services.

Myth #4: Your cloud service provider (CSP) is only responsible for security of the server.

Cloud service providers have the means to provide resources such as personal servers that not everyone can afford. The servers that the CSPs provide may be secure, but the data that you decide to place on those servers is still your responsibility. Your data is still your data no matter where its located. It is your obligation to find the ideal cloud provider that will accommodate your business’s needs. When considering a cloud vendor, you must take into account security, disaster prevention, and post-disaster recovery. Even if the vendor knows how to secure your data, you should also consider them to be experienced enough to understand the risks of unforeseen disasters.