5 Fears many business leaders have about the cloud (and how to overcome them)

5 Fears many business leaders have about the cloud (and how to overcome them)

Cloud computing continues to lead the way in digital transformation as business leaders look for new ways to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs. However, despite the many benefits of the cloud, some decision makers are still not convinced. After all, we’re in the midst of a period of profound technological change in which almost everything digital is now offered as a service, rather than a one-time investment. This trend inevitably comes with some fears and concerns, which we would like to address in this week’s post.

Legal liability

Any capable business leader is aware that they’re responsible for meeting their compliance obligations, which is why many are reluctant to place their data in someone else’s care. Some cloud providers will attempt to provide their services “as is,” without any warranties regarding availability or quality. This is particularly likely to be the case with major public cloud providers who offer certain services for free.

It’s important to carefully evaluate any potential cloud provider to ensure that they’re fully compliant with any regulations facing your industry. Furthermore, they must be able to demonstrate an excellent track record and provide complete visibility into the tools and procedures they use to protect your data.

Password vulnerability

One of the many benefits of the cloud is anywhere accessibility, allowing employees, contractors, and freelancers to collaborate across borders with minimal restrictions. At the same time, this greatly expands the risk of a cyberattack. If your confidential data is locked by nothing more than a password and is accessible using any internet-connected device, then you have a particularly risky point of failure.

Fortunately, responsible cloud providers realize this, and always implement an additional authentication method to verify login credentials for new users and devices. They should also have additional security protocols in place, such as round-the-clock monitoring and centralized administration.

Losing control

As the adage goes, if you want a job to be done properly, you’re better off doing it yourself. After all, no one understands your business and its needs better than you do. Many decision makers fear that migrating their systems to the cloud means sacrificing control. Some public cloud providers, for example, charge extra fees to migrate your data to another cloud provider or take it back in-house. In many business cases, that’s unacceptable.

Be sure to choose a cloud provider who understands your industry and has a vested interest in your company’s needs and goals. A cloud provider’s job shouldn’t be just about selling a service — it should be about aligning technology with your needs with a view to long-term success.

Data breaches

The term “cloud” refers to shared computing resources maintained in a remote data center. For some business leaders, that might mean opening up a new avenue for hackers to gain access to their confidential data. However, the fear that cloud computing is inherently less secure is a complete myth.

Any good cloud provider will have access to the technology and manpower that smaller organizations can rarely obtain in-house. Today’s major data centers have some of the most robust, physical, technological, and administrative security measures of any entities in the world. After all, if the cloud is good enough for the CIA, it should be good enough for your business.

Service uptime

Given how reliant both businesses and consumers are on digital technology, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the cost of IT downtime is skyrocketing every year. Some business leaders fear that migrating to the cloud might result in mission-critical systems going offline unexpectedly. For the most part, this belief is unfounded, although it’s also important to remember that not every cloud provider is made equal.

To alleviate these concerns, be sure to look out for robust service level agreements (SLAs) that stipulate the minimum level of service that you require to keep your business running as smoothly as possible.

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