Despite its immense functionality and potential, especially in terms of disaster recovery, some organizations have remained on the sidelines when it comes to using cloud computing. Firms have worried that migrating sensitive and confidential data to off-site locations makes this information more vulnerable to loss or security breaches.
A recent survey of more than 4,000 organizations by the Ponemon Institute found that more than half currently transfer important data to cloud-based environments, up approximately 10 percent compared to a previous study. Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of firms confident in vendors’ ability to protect sensitive and confidential information grew from 41 percent to 56 percent.
Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute, said businesses must be able to control both confidential and sensitive information.
“Respondents generally feel better informed, more confident in their cloud service providers and more positive about the impact on their security posture compared with last year,” Ponemon explained.
What makes cloud-based recovery so effective?
Before the emergence of cloud computing, companies often backed up mission-critical data to on-site devices like tapes, disks and hard drives. Not only can this process be arduous for employees, but also expensive if businesses transport this content to an off-site location. Firms that keep backups in-house could experience even more issues if a major disruption damages or even destroys these assets.
The cloud, on the other hand, is a different type of disaster recovery option. The technology is available through the Internet, allowing employees unprecedented access to work-related documents, regardless of their physical location. This flexibility is especially ideal if organizations must close their offices because of dangerous disasters.
The functionality of cloud backup is not its only attractive benefit. Businesses that purchase on-site IT systems generally make an upfront capital investment for solutions that may never even be used to full capacity. Firms leveraging the cloud pay for services they actually consume, and cloud computing’s scalability makes it easy for companies to add additional computing power or storage without buying more software and hardware.
Organizations of all sizes and industries can experience natural disasters that damage offices and data and halt productivity. Businesses that want to maintain some form of operational efficiency regardless of the situation can benefit greatly from relying less on on-site data devices in favor of cloud-based environments.