The benefits of the cloud have been proven for businesses of all sizes – every small business owner can save time and money while increasing their employees’ productivity by leveraging cloud technologies. Cloud technologies are faster to deploy, require minimal technical know how to manage, and cost less than on-premise technologies. These benefits let the small business owner focus on what’s most important: growing their business.
But data breaches, social security card theft, credit card number theft, and identity theft: we hear about these things every day. What does the small business owner need to know to protect themselves, their business, and their employees when using cloud technologies? Here are 5 myths about cloud computing that every small business owner needs to understand.
Myth #1: Small business owners already know when they are using the cloud.
Fact: The following are examples of cloud technologies that small businesses use every day, but typically don’t recognize as cloud-based services:
- Office 365
- Google Apps
- Web-based services (online banking/bill pay, Amazon.com, etc.)
If you are using any of these types of services, you have already experienced the ease of use, cost reduction and increased productivity of the cloud.
Myth #2: Cloud services are expensive.
Fact: Small business owners who leverage cloud technologies spend on average 20% less on technology than their peers.
Cloud service providers remove all of the hassle, expense, and administration that a small business owner has if they deploy the same technologies in-house. Cloud providers have built their infrastructure up, and have many redundant servers that would be very expensive for the small business owner to purchase, deploy, and maintain. All of which would take the small business owner’s time and money while at the same time not allowing the small business owner to focus on growing their business.
Myth #3: Cloud computing reduces productivity.
Fact: Cloud service providers:
- allow the small business owner to leverage state-of-the-art servers, applications, and support.
- have expert IT support staff to manage and maintain the latest hardware, software, networking and security technologies.
- keep the small business owner’s data secure and accessible even when the small business devices are lost, stolen or destroyed.
- provide server and processing resources that allow small business to access and work quickly with large amounts of data from anywhere.
These are just some examples of how cloud service providers streamline process and increase productivity for small business owners and their employees.
Myth #4: Using personal devices in a business environment is safe when leveraging cloud services.
- 81% of organizations have experienced data breach due to negligent or malicious employees over the last two years.
- 52% have employees who fail to update their antivirus/antispam solutions.
- 35% reported that losing laptops or other mobile devices was the cause of their data breach incidents.
In general, it’s more secure to leverage cloud technologies than to try to manage the technologies alone, but the small business owner still needs to know the risks involved and employ best practices to reduce their risk when employees bring their own devices to the workplace.
Myth #5: Cloud service providers have nothing to worry about.
Fact: Cloud service providers must make reasonable efforts to secure the data that has been entrusted to them from the small business owner. Part of this is using the latest technologies, security solutions and process best practices along with employing expert support staff who can architect safe and secure computing environments. Some of the things cloud service providers must think about and address are:
- Power management/outages
- Data protection and disaster recovery
- Physical security to the data center itself
Cloud service providers will generally address all of these things and more in their Service Level Agreement (SLA) which will outline all of the risks and benefits and how the cloud provider manages it all.
In the end, cloud computing is the safest, most cost effective, and efficient way to leverage technology today for the small business owner. The small business owner just needs to be informed and take simple actions to protect themselves.
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