Cloud Computing: What are the risks?

Though I am new to the concept of cloud computing I understand cloud computing to be internet-based computing, where resources, information and software can be stored and shared, via a remote cloud server.  Since the development of cloud computing has come along, there has been a lot of buzz about how much money and storage it can save businesses, as the storage of information becomes increasingly scarce and costly.    There are arguments on both sides of the spectrum on how cloud computing will best be utilized. Some IT professionals, however, are still skeptical about making that jump.

CNET came out with an article today about the debate around cloud computing.  They reported on a recent study conducted by the ISACA (the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) stating that 45 percent of IT professionals believe that the “risks involved in cloud computing outshine any benefits.”  Cloud computing changes how computing resources are utilized as it uses a different infrastructure.  IT risk management still plays a major role in whether or not companies will be quick to switch over to cloud computing.  Some IT’s don’t expect to make the switch anytime soon.

Many supporters in the cloud computing community believe that the digital native generations who grew up using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and search engines like Google will have no problem with the switch, as they are already used to web-delivered applications.  They also believe that as a result of cloud computing, consumers will be able to lower their costs and there will be a growing acceptance of open-source operating systems and applications among many other benefits.

Survey: Cloud computing risks outweigh reward. CNET.


About Kathy E. Gill (@kegill)

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill,,

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