Organizations no longer have to pay for expensive on-site hardware and software thanks to innovative technologies like cloud computing. Paired with other solutions, like unified communications and conferencing platforms, companies leveraging the cloud can effectively redefine how they do business.
Despite some potential security concerns regarding the safety of the cloud, businesses continue to utilize the solution. The Ponemon Institute recently surveyed 4,000 business and IT professionals and found that approximately 50 percent of respondents said their companies currently transfer sensitive data through a cloud infrastructure. Another 33 percent indicated their organizations plan to begin adopting the cloud for this purpose within the next two years.
Although the majority of participants are currently using or plan to implement the cloud in the near future, security remains a serious issue. Of those surveyed by the research firm, 39 percent said the technology has limited their companies' overall security.
"It's a rather sobering thought that nearly half of respondents say that their organization already transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud even though thirty-nine percent admit that their security posture has been reduced as a result," Ponemon founder and chairman Larry Ponemon said. "This clearly demonstrates that for many organizations the economic benefits of using the cloud outweigh the security concerns."
Businesses shouldn't fear cloud security risks
Business 2 Community's Celina Conner recently highlighted the advantages of cloud computing, as well as addressed the technology's security concerns. The writer explained that companies using the solution do not have to purchase the fastest computers because employees can work via the cloud instead. Workers are also able to use devices like laptops, tablets and mobile phones to work on projects anywhere, helping staff members who are constantly traveling access mission-critical documents when needed.
Although security concerns remain regarding the cloud, Conner asserted that many vendors currently offer enhanced protection for their clients, including small businesses. Compared to on-site technologies, which are vulnerable to fires, floods, theft and natural disasters, the cloud is off-site, meaning that data is out of harm's way.
Conner also noted that companies no longer have to purchase expensive storage options because of the cloud's backup capabilities. Now, businesses do not have to burn files onto disks, which can be damaged or become unreadable over time.
"You need to pay for additional storage if your needs exceed your original request from your cloud vendor but this is often cheaper than you might imagine," Conner wrote.