In a recent report for the National Business Review, IT services expert Michael Snowden claimed the cloud computing security measures available today are sufficiently robust to be relied upon by enterprise IT departments.
Security remains one of the key concerns for many companies considering deploying cloud computing solutions. Some decision-makers continue to believe that data is safer when stored on-premise, or at least on servers owned by their companies.
According to Snowden, this is not the case. Data security, Snowned acknowledged, "is always of the utmost importance." Nevertheless, professional, reputable cloud computing providers are capable of providing some of the best IT security arrangements available.
"The reality," Snowden wrote, "is that enterprise-class cloud computing providers view IT security as a core competency."
Cloud vendors, in other words, realize the extent to which their business depends on the security of the data that they store. As such, it is in their interests to offer services that include robust protection measures.
The security offered by cloud computing vendors, according to Snowden, "will more than match a firm’s internal capabilities for all but the largest firms."
Snowden does not recommend that companies adopt cloud computing solutions in blind faith. Rather, he proposes that IT decision-makers ensure they practice due diligence. He suggests arranging an external security audit that covers both current internal solutions and the cloud computing security services being considered. Such an audit, he claimed, "will likely allay any concerns about security and IT governance."
A rapidly growing number of companies seem to be adopting Snowden's approach, given the widespread deployment of cloud computing solutions. According to a recent computing.co.uk report, the U.K.'s national postal service recently migrated more than 28,000 employees from legacy IT solutions to the cloud.