New technology can be hard to grasp at first, but persistent use and pursuit of education can help increase adoption. There are those, however, who feel the cloud isn't safe and therefore avoid it as part of their daily lives in order to simplify data security.
It turns out, however, that most of them are still using the cloud without knowing it. That sort of uninformed usage puts information in extreme risk, heralding a new age of mass online tutoring to assist consumers, both private and business, in gaining more comprehension and data protection.
IT personnel know that other workers are one of the biggest threats to data security in the workplace. They introduce personal devices, even without BYOD (bring-your-own-device) programs; look through corporate files they don't need to be reviewing and may inadvertently leak data without realizing it. They also have a tendency to feign knowledge they don't have, according to a Citrix survey, which could be more dangerous than intentional misuse.
The Citrix information found that about 15 to 20 percent of non-IT consumers state they have a cursory knowledge of cloud systems when, in fact, they have no idea how they work. The younger a respondent, the more likely he or she was to boast of knowledge he or she actually didn't have. Better yet, almost 30 percent of participants said "the cloud" was a meteorological formation on first impulse, rather than identifying a digital structure.
Lack of knowledge of current technology trends can put information at risk, let alone create cloud security threats, especially when companies employ individuals with no insight on the systems they are using.
More threats present
This lack of education could explain why more cloud security attacks have been reported over the past year. A study by Trend Micro found that the incidence of hacks and slow movement to cloud solutions was largely due to a lack of information and funding, though the number currently using these tools is on the rise.
Service providers were also largely blamed, according to the results, with more than half of respondents saying that they were uncertain how these entities handled information and protected it. These concerns about data protection are holding back better file implementation and collaboration, but without open communication and education on how and what cloud services are, it may be this mpediment to adoption in the business sector will continue indefinitely.
Preparation and execution
To overcome these obstacles, finding tools that specifically inform and support enterprise-level implementation exercises can help these organizations find better storage and security solutions. A recent release from Trend Micro called "Trend Ready for Cloud Service Providers" showcases the different steps along the road toward full cloud usage in a corporate setting.
Trend Micro found that one-third of companies not using the cloud now were concerned about hybridization and multi-tier security, but the company's program is geared toward showing these entities how to traverse the rigors of better cloud implementation. On top of that, information on data security tools is readily available, as well as resources on the different kinds of solutions companies should be investigating to gain a competitive collaborative edge while still supporting compliance to best security practices. This should help service providers clear up worries and concerns clients encounter while considering which options are right for their organizations.
"Hybrid cloud infrastructures are commonplace for our customers," said Trend Micro CPO Steve Quane. "Though all software companies verify their solutions against leading hardware products, Trend Micro is the first software company to extend this verification to include cloud infrastructures."