According to a recent TechTarget report, however, some of the most significant security problems associated with the cloud can be avoided easily, if the correct preventative steps are taken.
Common mistakes that can lead to cloud computing security problems include poor service level agreements, incorrect assumptions and a belief that migration to the cloud involves losing control of data, the report said.
Eugene Schultz, chief technology officer for a California-based consulting firm, noted that ensuring a proper SLA is in place can help to avoid potential cloud computing security problems from the outset.
“To get the risk controls you want, you need to embed controls in your SLA,” Schultz said. “All these things need to be spelled out.”
An example of this, Schultz said, is intrusion detection. If the SLA specifies that intrusion detection will be part of the service, it should also include details regarding the nature of the monitoring and the frequency of alerts.
Another key mistake often made early in the cloud adoption process is incorrectly assuming that cloud vendors cannot provide reasonable levels of security.
"Look at your own organization," Schultz said. "You might be able to find a provider that does IT operations better."
According to Schultz, "some cloud service providers deliver information security risk management services better than we have in the past."
Many companies have already taken steps to ensure the robustness of their cloud-based solutions and now rely on the cloud for mission-critical purposes. According to a recent AMD study, 63 percent of companies that have deployed cloud computing solutions store data worth more than $250,000 in the cloud.