With the massive adoption of computing technology, cloud computing has been adopted as a way of storing and transferring data safely. Cloud computing is the process of storing and accessing data and other programs on the internet rather than on the computer’s hard drive. It enables organizations to consume computer resources as a utility rather than having to purchase the infrastructure themselves. Cloud computing presents multiple advantages to businesses. First, is the self service provisioning. It implies that organizations are able to procure any service they require on demand. The arrangement is also elastic in nature. As the need for computing resources increase in an organization, it can systematically increase its usage (Mell, Peter, and Tim 78).
Benefits of Cloud computing
The fact that cloud computing allows for access to the resources from anywhere and that a wide array of people such as partners, suppliers and employees may require them demands that strong authentication measures should be adopted.
An integral component of cloud computing is shared resources where different organizations including competitors could be hosted on the same servers. There is the risk of failures in storage, routing and even reputation of the tenants of public cloud resources.
Detection and reporting of security incidents and breaches are always left to the cloud provider much as they also affect the customer. Whenever there are inappropriate delays, these may negatively. Notification rules need to be clear between the two parties from the beginning.
Data Protection and Integrity
The major concerns here pertain to loss or exposure of the organization’s sensitive data. There has to be a relationship of utmost trust between the parties as the customer is not able to effectively monitor the activities of the provider. The problem is exacerbated in cases where there are multiple data transfers where the service is subcontracted to other organizations (Buyya, Rajkumar, et al 76).
With regard to civilization, cloud computing improves the course of accessing data safely and at reduced costs. This is to heighten free dissemination of information hence knowledge among individuals at entities.
The influence of cloud computing
The adoption of cloud computing is likely to influence activities within different domains more so with regard to exchanging various information. In the social world, communication is likely to be improved besides the aspect of confidentiality of information is likely to be improved. In economic sector, full adoption of the use of cloud computing is to massively to witness reduction of costs of operations. This in the long run will heighten the net profit realized by operating institutions. On the other hand, in politics the use of cloud computing will help regime in safeguarding various pertinent information (Armbrust, Michael, et al 34).
Cloud computing is likely to witness massive improvements in the coming future. More secure measures are to be developed that will prevent possibility of third party access to data. New forms of encryption that influences high security are likely to be integrated in the near future.
Cloud computing allows opportunity for immense opportunities for organizations in terms of cost and scalability. However, considering the unique challenges that come with it, the organizations have to be aware of them and prepare to face it. Depending on the mode of service offered by the service provider, the client has to carry out complete audit of the internal controls adopted by the service provider to determine the level of risk it faces. Proper documentation of legally binding agreements is also necessary so that they can be enforceable in the event of a security breach.
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