The Cloud is continuing to be the hot topic for businesses looking to remain efficient and competitive in a constantly evolving work environment. There are many benefits to moving to the Cloud, such as increased efficiency, reduced costs, flexibility, and much more too. It’s important to consider the potential risks, threats, and challenges, however, that you could face when moving or migrating to the Cloud.

What is the cloud?

The Cloud is a set of servers that allows you to access your files and data via an internet connection from anywhere in the world. If you’re using sites like Facebook, Gmail, or Dropbox then you are already using cloud-based services.

Let’s explore the potential risks involved when moving to the cloud:

Data Security

Data has quickly become the most valuable asset to any business, so it’s natural to be concerned about protecting your data. In fact, a recent analysis by Zscaler of 1500 business networks found over 400,000 exposed servers. To avoid these vulnerabilities, it’s essential that you conduct thorough research of your Cloud IT provider before committing to the service. The biggest Cloud Service Providers are Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.

Network Operations

Moving to the cloud will result in you sharing the responsibility of your data with a Cloud IT provider. You will have to relinquish some of the visibility and personalisation you would ordinarily have with traditional servers, but a huge advantage is that you will easily be able to manage who in your team has access to what data.

Vulnerabilities

When using the cloud, or any network, you will always be vulnerable to threats and breaches. To combat this, you will need to ensure you’re always monitoring and keeping an eye out for any alerts. When considering Cloud IT be sure to think about who will be in charge of monitoring and fixing any vulnerabilities that may arise, whether they have enough experience or time to attend to these alerts.

Migration

A huge part of Cloud IT is the migration of your data from traditional servers to the cloud. This can be costly, and you may be tempted to do it yourself. However, you should think of the process like moving offices. There are some things you can move yourself, but when it comes to the larger or more valuable items it’s best to get a professional in. It’s the same principle with Cloud Migration.

Cloud migration is a complex and time-consuming process and without using the right people you increase the risk of unplanned downtime and data losses. If not properly implemented, you run the risk of leaving your company’s data exposed to cybercriminals. That’s why you must use a recommended Cloud IT provider to assist in the migration of your data.

 

Cloud Security Summary

Overall, the cloud does pose some risks, however, the benefits and long-term cost-savings possible outweigh the risks. The key information to take away is to consider who will be responsible for your cloud management and identify if they have the experience and knowledge to keep your data safe and secure, particularly when migrating to the Cloud.

Using a Cloud IT provider to assist with or manage your cloud environment full-time can give you peace of mind over your organisation’s data. At Bluebell IT Solutions, our expert team can help your business utilise the Cloud to ensure your operations grow and succeed. 

Whether you have an internal IT team that requires help with the migration and implementation of the Cloud, or you want to fully outsource your Cloud IT, choose Bluebell IT today. If you’re interested in taking advantage of our Free Cloud Compatibility Review, book a meeting with us below or call us on 01908 044202. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you have about the Cloud, so get in touch today.