Cloud computing involves the use of servers that are located far away (in clouds) for storing and managing data. It is fast becoming a very popular technology being employed by several multi-national corporations such as Yahoo, FileDen and Flick, today. This is because several organisations that have large data capacity now want to be able to store and manage their data with cheaper, smaller and much more efficient processors that consume less energy than standard systems in traditional settings.
Unfortunately, every new technology comes with new challenges, many of which involve problems that are associated with privacy and security. Cloud computing is not exempted from these challenges particularly when it comes to proper data handling.
While looking for cheap cloud computers in cyberspace, many organisations stand the risk of ignoring basic checks that can result in cloud data falling into the wrong hands. Such mistakes can be easily avoided by performing simple checks to confirm whether the outsourcing companies have protective measures, such as firewalls and powerful anti-virus software that can protect stored data on premises, in place. Furthermore, before outsourcing data one should ensure that there is a plan B in place by designating a local back-up or paying for a second provider. While this might be expensive, it could also be worthwhile in the long run.
Should organisations that use cloud computing be obliged to provide information on security measures that have been undertaken to their customers so as to alleviate privacy concerns?