Cloud Computing Security

cloud computing securitySmall businesses, individuals and large companies are getting more deeply involved into using cloud services. It’s very important for everyone to consider all aspects of cloud computing security because while your data is stored in the cloud, it’s vulnerable to several types of attacks!

The major issue in cloud security is how your cloud computing provider deals with customer privacy. Before becoming the client of any company, make sure you read the privacy policy and make sure that these companies give their word on protecting your data. But how can they protect your data? And from what attacks should it be protected?


You will never know the component servers of the cloud system your data is stored on. This is a huge risk, since your data may even be on another continent, in a country which, by law, allows some level of data manipulation and don’t forget that most times the information you store in the cloud is as private as possible and you will always want to avoid getting it into the hands of people who’d make use of it somehow.

But there are even bigger problems in cloud computing security, ones you never thought of. For instance let’s assume that the company hosting your data is closed, meaning it becomes dead. That’s frightening on every level, since in that case, your data disappears and, of course, may end up in someone’s hands, probably a person who owned the company or worked with the company. The same is true when larger companies buy your cloud provider company and then their policies may totally ignore the former company’s policies. You need to be preventive for such situations and make sure to have your data back to you any way, even if the company is broke, even if it is bought by another one.

Even natural causes, like earthquakes may severely damage servers, putting the entire cloud computing security to risk as your data could be lost forever. Try to work with a company who offers instant backups to at least 2 different servers + the main server and also try to ask them to have the servers in different countries, so that if one country is hit by some disaster, another country stays intact.

It’s also essential for cloud security to have all of your data and all of your applications available to you every day, at any time. It’s also good if the company uses tricky techniques, such as automatically moving files between their servers and changing server access codes all the time. Why is this? Because hackers who sometime may end up trying to break into the system of your cloud service provider may take notes on the files of their interest, knowing which server hosts which files. Also, if server access is never changed, hackers may break into the servers again and again, only the first time being harder. By changing access, locations, data encryption a hacker has to break the system every single time and even like that until he gets a valid backdoor, it is shut right before his eyes.


Why is this? Because hackers who sometime may end up trying to break into the system of your cloud service provider may take notes on the files of their interest, knowing which server hosts which files. Also, if server access is never changed, hackers may break into the servers again and again, only the first time being harder. By changing access, locations, data encryption a hacker has to break the system every single time and even like that until he gets a valid backdoor, it is shut right before his eyes.
All in all, cloud computing security is essential for everyone, so make sure that you considerately check every single aspect of it and protect your private data in a professional way!

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