The concept of transferring all data to the ‘cloud’ is fast becoming almost standard practice. More and more businesses are following the trend of moving away from classic server storage methods. All the expert advice points to this being a sensible move. They highlight the benefits of always having a back-up of all important information, meaning data can be retrieved in the event it is lost. Furthermore, it allows users to access files in any location with an internet connection, meaning fewer limitations. It’s not all good news though.

Risks involved with cloud storage

A recent report has found that only 40% of the data stored on the cloud is actually seen to be totally secure. Despite being more convenient, cloud storage is more difficult to manage and control. As a result, it can be more challenging to actively prevent a cyber breach. Even more concerning is that it can take longer to detect an attack. If that proves to be the case, much of the damage may have been done before you’re able to act. Taking such a period of time can mean sensitive data is stolen or lost, causing a business huge problems.

Seen as an area to exploit

Following on from what was discussed above, the fact that the cloud is more troublesome to control makes it an appealing target for cyber criminals. The concept of the cloud is relatively new in wider terms, and businesses have less experience in managing the service. This results in higher vulnerability. Many companies do not stipulate where and how they would like data to be stored, as they fail to see the risks involved. Attackers use this as a source of encouragement to their hacking attempts. They will look to take advantage of such naivety, and exploit an area which has fewer safety procedures in place.

Moving forward…

Even though the cloud is a significant security risk for businesses currently, it doesn’t mean that it should stop being utilised. It has several advantages, and faith in the concept shouldn’t be affected. The uncertainties that surround the cloud need to start being considered. Once they are, and procedures begin to be implemented, the risks will start to be minimised. Only then will hackers switch their attention elsewhere. The time to act is now.