What Can Go Wrong with Cloud Storage


What Can Go Wrong with Cloud Storage

by BurnWorld.net

The impact of cloud computing and cloud storage is now felt – far and wide. But what happens when something goes wrong with inside the cloud…
–PC Pitstop

The business world ought now to be familiar with the words cloud computing. Dubbed by business magazine Forbes as being as significant to this century as electricity was to the last, it has transformed business models. But to the uninitiated or the uninformed, the impact of cloud computing goes well beyond a corporate level. And from government operations to our shopping habits, the fingers of cloud computing and cloud storage now reach well into every part of our lives.

Take the weekly grocery shopping. If you choose to store your shopping list regulars online, then it’s going into the cloud. And what about those holiday snaps you uploaded onto whichever social networking site you use? All of these things and much more involve using cloud technology.

Cloud Storage – what can go wrong?

In 2008 the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was formed following the rise of cloud computing. Since its foundation, it has worked to educate people on cloud computing and its security practices. Over the years CSA experts have researched this specific topic highlighting threats which it identifies as being critical to cloud security. And in 2013 it published The Notorious Nine Cloud Computing Top Threats report. It cited the following as posing the biggest threats to cloud security:

Data Breaches
Data Loss
Account Hijacking
Insecure APIs
Denial of Service
Malicious Insiders
Abuse of Cloud Services
Insufficient Due Diligence
Shared Technology Issues

This list isn’t new. However the order of these threats has changed over the years. And interestingly, in 2010 data breaches were ranked as the fifth biggest threat but now, just three years on, these take the top spot.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from burnworld.com.

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One thought on “What Can Go Wrong with Cloud Storage

  1. A lot can go wrong with traditional cloud storage. Since you're trusting your stuff to a 3rd party server, you're essentially giving it to them for safe keeping. I've been using http://www.backupthat.com since it lets me store all my files in my email. This way, I don't have to worry about what happens to some bigbox, all my stuff is just stored and sorted in my email.

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