In our previous post, we looked at how cloud storage will offer tremendous benefits to your business. It’s only prudent that we make you aware of some of the potential risks to your business as a result of using cloud storage. The goal of this article is not to discourage you from adopting cloud storage but rather ensuring you are well informed so that you can be better placed to make a decision that will best benefit your business.
Here are 4 risks to your business associated with cloud storage.
You’ll relinquish control of your business data to someone else
Well, if you’re a control freak, you definitely won’t be comfortable with the fact that when you are using the cloud, it means you have actually relinquished control of your business data to someone else. You still own the data but you are relying on someone else’s infrastructure to store as well as access the data. Whereas this may be a disadvantage to many, truth be told, your data is more secure here compared to if you were hosting it in your own servers.
There is a potential risk of data loss
When you store your business data on the cloud, in as much as these service providers have invested millions of dollars in tamper proof security systems, nothing on the internet can be 100 per cent secure therefore there is always a chance that malicious software will make its way into the server and result in loss data. However, you can rest a little bit easy trusting that your service provider has thought about this and put up mitigating measures.
The risk of not being able to access your data
The fact about computer systems is that they are prone to disruption for one reason or the other. Although this happens very rarely, there are incidents where servers temporarily break down due to bugs or remote access to the server is disrupted therefore making it impossible for you to access your business data when you need it. A reputable service provider should have backup systems set up for such scenarios so you shouldn’t be too worried about this.
The threat of government intrusion
One of the biggest challenges the modern business world is facing is lack of complete privacy. Governments around the world feel as though they need to leave nothing to chance when it comes to surveillance therefore they will always want to keep track of what individuals as well as business entities are doing. This will definitely include keeping tabs of what they have stored on the cloud. The good thing however is that reputable service providers will always anticipate this threat and put mitigating measures.
What you need to be aware of as an individual or business owner is that the exposure to these risks will be minimized based on the service provider you choose to work with. It’s therefore upon you to do your due diligence. Ultimately, the benefits of cloud storage outweigh the risks by miles.