Do people still trust the cloud?

Do people still trust the cloud?

The recent controversies surrounding former NSA agent Edward Snowden have caused many businesses implementing a cloud system to become more cautious about the perceived intrusiveness of government snooping.

Many experts claim that such developments are having a detrimental effect on cloud adoption, with research from Lieberman software suggesting that 33 per cent of IT professionals feel discouraged from implementing a cloud system due to the potential for government spying.

Yet as Davey Winder notes in his latest column for Cloud Pro, the same report suggests that the first claim may not be entirely accurate, as it notes that last year's survey saw 48 per cent of respondents make the same complaint, suggesting an increase in trust.

According to Winder, levels of trust in the cloud have actually risen by 15 per cent year-on-year, showing that even with all the negative horror stories in the media, businesses on the whole have faith in cloud storage.

One of the main reasons for companies maintaining their level of faith in the cloud is the fact that many have come to realise that such a system, while never being truly impenetrable to hackers, can be made safer if the correct preparations and precautions are taken.

This includes carefully considering the level of security you need for whatever application you plan to use with the cloud.

For instance, some cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Docs contain a minimal level of security, with encryption sufficient to keep most hackers out.

But for those looking to power applications, databases or tools on a group of computers through the cloud, there is certainly a need to implement an extra level of protection.

The best way of staying secure is to simply work with a qualified cloud provider or cloud security vendor that can offer a solution that is appropriate to your business.