Cloud Computing

How to choose between cloud computing and server solutions.

Stefan Saliba

How to choose between cloud computing and server solutions.

If you are in doubt as to whether you should be using cloud solutions or a local server to store your data and services, then you likely have  security concerns about cloud computing.
The first record to set straight is understanding that cloud solutions are also secure but its a different security level from your local server. The security of your data relies on two main aspects:

  1. Internal: The privileges you assign your employees allow them to see more or less information, documents and data depending on the role you have assigned them.
  2. Platform specific: Security is also a platform issue when it comes to external or internal breaches. Cloud solutions can be better at making sure your staff only gets access to the items you decide they should see. Internal servers can be a risk because your data is physically accessible to anyone with the right IT skills.

When deciding whether to go for cloud computing or local server solutions it’s important to ask yourself a few questions, the most important of which may be the following.

Is my concern for data breach internal or external?

If the data breach threats are mostly external then probably a local server for the most sensitive data is a better choice. A hybrid cloud environment might still suit your needs. However, you will need to make some decisions regarding the nature of your data and its level of sensitivity. As a general rule, your biggest concern should be how the data is transferred. Data is more open to breaches when it is in transition and therefore you may want to avoid connecting your local server to cloud systems if it has highly sensitive data on it. Once you have isolated and restricted the highly sensitive data to a local environment however you can look at the processes and data you have left and create a cloud system for that.
If the data breach is more likely to be internal, and your employees might be interested in accessing files that they don’t need, then cloud might offer you better security. Although this may not be a big issue for you in terms of company operations, you need to make sure you know who is using which data to stay in line with GDPR compliance.

You can have different cloud accounts and separate the data and files as you see fit. The advantage of the cloud is that you can shift around users and privileges really easily. You don’t even need to be at the office to monitor usage and keep a close eye on how your data is being processed.



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