Stormy Cloud or Clear Skies?{4}


by Abel R

Cloud computing refers to data storage on remote servers so that the data is available anywhere and anytime. This is concept of cloud computing, but there lies security concerns over how safe your information is. My article points out that in reality you have  no idea who is managing the computers with your information. You have no idea where they are. You have no idea what protections may or may not be in place to make sure your information is not stolen or disclosed or that it does not accidentally disappear.Another issue at hand is reliability, for example if a server crashes or is hacked into, your personal / private data can disappear. Lastly,the article talked about privacy issues within cloud computing. In the US for example, the article mentions that the legal standards are soft and the government can obtain your data without you knowing.

After reading about the problems associated with cloud computing I begin to doubt my faith in it. For a big company to rely on the cloud, I think it would have to reassure at least some form of reliable security. If they are expected to store their databases of confidential information, I think it is too risky and valuable of information that any big company can afford to have compromise. However many issues though, I think this is just the beginning. Cloud computing is going to develop into a reliable convenient service, it just needs time.

 

References

Farrar, L. (2010, March 12). How safe is cloud computing?. Digital Biz. Retrieved April 1, 2012, from http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/12/cloud.computing.security/index.html?iref=allsearch