Hosting & Owning Your Own Data vs. Keeping Confidential Data in the Cloud

sidebar_hostingAs more and more businesses adopt cloud computing and gear up to move their data to the cloud, it is only worthwhile to understand whether this exodus of private information is safe, secure and risk free. Knowing the issues involved in keeping your confidential data in the cloud can help you minimize the problems that typically result from storage and management of data and information off site.

At large, cloud computing is only about storing data off-site and making it available through the Internet. However, such virtues do not come without some serious threats. Let us take a look at some factors that pose a threat to your confidential data when it is stored in a cloud.

Disadvantages of Storing Confidential Data in the Cloud

  • Cloud servers storing your confidential data may go offline and become dysfunctional for a period of time
  • Complete protection of data and its confidentiality, especially when dealing with third party vendors, is questionable. Data can be easily hacked, disclosed in an unauthorized manner or compromised by a malignant virus.
  • Data breach can result in huge financial as well as reputation loss for a company
  • Faulty data retention policies may result in your data to still remain in the cyberspace for longer than you wish for. Electronic information stored in the cloud might not be deleted and may actually stay there forever!
  • Protection of Intellectual Property including trade secrets, copyright work may be difficult if a company’s ‘cloud’ is situated in another country offshore. This is the case for many US cloud providers which has different laws compared to Australia. In such cases, the offshore country may not provide adequate protection to the data if it is accessed by a third or unknown party.
  • Disclosure of client information and data stored in the cloud by cloud owners in case of a civil or criminal case being pursued by government litigants, often without the knowledge of the client, is another problem related to storing data in the cloud.
  • Clouds are actually ‘physical locations’ and they move when their owners move! In this case, they may relocate your confidential data to another ‘cloud’, which might not be easily accessible or about which you have no idea.
  • Privacy laws vary across countries and continents and may affect the accessibility of confidential data.

Before you decide to store your confidential data in the cloud, it is imperative to understand the benefits and challenges of storing electronic data. As discussed in the above points, it is quite apparent that in order to have a solid data storage and security structure in place, you need to look ‘outside the cloud’ and consider owning and hosting your own data, or use a reputable Australian cloud provider that you know more than just its website.

If you too are thinking of moving out of the cloud and hosting and owning your personal data, contact Breeze Solutions today and let their enterprise web hosting team help you with a range of Australian private hosting & semi-private cloud hosting solutions including dedicated servers, virtual managed private servers, shared managed hosting and email hosting and more!

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