Cloud computing has further revolutionised the digital Revolution. The cloud allows for easy sharing, easy storage, reduction of resources, and far more. However, it also brings with it some particular threats that businesses and people alike must be aware of before they use it. It is because of this that having cloud security monitoring policies, procedures, and software packages in place is absolutely essential.
The Need for Cloud Security Monitoring
What makes the threats associated with cloud computing so interesting, is that they affect both the uses of the cloud and providers of the cloud. This is why certain industry standards have now been set to determine all high quality cloud provision is a safe as possible. Naturally, there is no guarantee that all cloud providers and users will stick to these strategies, but it is a start.
One of the greatest threats associated with Cloud computing is that it is used flagrantly and in an abusive manner. The cloud often appears unlimited but it actually isn’t. This is why different providers have different limits in terms of how many gigabytes or even terabytes can be stored there. Just how much storage capacity a cloud provider offers varies from one to the other. The fact that they must put limits in place is clear however.
Naturally, another big threat is that of a breach of security. The cloud is online and anything that is online is at risk of being hacked. It is also at risk of receiving malware, spyware, viruses, and so on. This is of particular importance for cloud providers, as they will no longer be able to remain in business if their clients experience regular data breaches. A client trusts their cloud provider to offer them the solution in which they can safely store confidential data. In effect therefore, cloud providers and cloud users enter in a type of partnership with each other. The cloud provider trusts the user does not abuse the system, and the user trusts the provider encrypts their data and puts other security measures in place to keep all information safe and secure.
At the same time, there is a real risk of attacks and threats from the inside. The cloud is a shared space between all employees of an organization that has signed up to it. Inside of threats have always been of concern, but they were generally harder to complete before the cloud and continuous connections to the internet. This is one of the reasons why businesses should consider having user monitoring software in place as well, as this will allow them to determine who abused or attacked a system from the inside should a breach take place.
The internet and the cloud have brought with them some fantastic opportunities, while at the same time bringing with them new threats and dangers. Because technology is developing so quickly, it often seems difficult if not impossible to keep up. However, overall, the cloud is a very safe space to use.