The topic of cloud computing (computing resources being delivered as a service over a network) is certainly not a new one. You can’t open a tech publication, whether printed or online, without seeing an article featuring “The Cloud.” It’s become an integral part of our business and personal technology. But while the benefits of cloud computing have been well touted, less attention has been paid to the associated drawbacks.
Last week, Symantec released the results of a survey conducted for which IT executives at 3,236 organizations were asked questions related to Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud
The first and biggest hidden cost introduces a major threat to security and therefore monetary resources – rogue clouds. Symantec found that rogue cloud deployments (use of a cloud based service without the authorization or oversight of the company’s IT department) happen in about three-fourths of all organizations. Really, there are probably very few of us who haven’t
used an unauthorized app or online software at one time or another to make our job easier. Unfortunately, while rogue cloud deployments may allow the individual to be more productive, they also often inadvertently put confidential information into the cloud, leading to potential liability and monetary repercussions:
Among those who reported rogue cloud deployments, 40 percent experienced the exposure of confidential information, and more than a quarter faced account takeover issues, defacement of Web properties, or stolen goods or services.