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Risks involved in Cloud Computing

In this article, I am going to describe about the various risks that are involved in using various cloud computing (clouds).
Submitted by Uma Dasgupta, on September 18, 2018

In today's life using of cloud is very common among people, we use different clouds like Google cloud, cloud Azure etc. to store our photos, Videos, documents, data etc. to save space as well as we think that we will be able to retrieve the data if we save them in cloud, in case our device gets damaged, stolen etc. But as it is said, "Everything that facilities us also puts us in risks". Cloud has made our lives easier, but before using it we should be well known for its risks, so, that we can take preventive measures while using it.

Different types of risks involved in cloud computing

1) Privileged User Access

Sometimes we provide access of our cloud to someone for several reasons, for example sometimes companies give access of their clouds to a person or a group of hired person for doing some sort of improvement in their cloud, or some problem handling, but this is a very big risk to your data, so, before providing any of such privilege to anyone you should take all the information like ID proof, Adhar no. , Address proof etc. of that person or group of persons. So, if in case anything happens in the future with your data you can trace that person and take action against.

2) Data Location

We all store data in the cloud but do we know where our data gets stored, most of us even have no idea about this, maybe we are a user of Delhi, but we don’t even know that our data is stored in which country. So, we must have an idea about this we should contact our service provider and ask him to keep the storage location as nearer as possible to us.

3) Regulatory Compliance

You should regulate your cloud very carefully means, you shouldn’t share your password, shouldn’t forget to log out your account while using in cyber cafes. Cloud doesn’t take responsibility for your data loss or moderation in such cases.

4) Data Segregation

Uncountable no. of people are storing data in cloud, so, before using any cloud we should have proper knowledge about its data encryption, security, agreements etc.

5) Recovery

Now, this is one of the main purposes most of the people are using cloud nowadays, that if something happens to our device than our data will have a backup in our cloud. Now, let due to some issues one of the servers of our cloud gets crashed, then the copy of our data must be present on other servers also, our service provider should ensure us about this.

6) Investigate Support

Let suppose, our data gets stolen, or edited by an unknown source, now the investigation of this is very very difficult, cause millions of clouds are there, trillions of users access them now to find that one user who encountered your data is almost impossible. This is one to the biggest risk.

7) Long Term Stability

There are several clouds present, but not all of them run for long, it shouldn’t be like that you saved your data in a cloud and that company closed up and your data also got lost.

So, you should be choosy about your cloud, should only use the trusted companies, maybe that costs a little bit more but they are secured and your data will be safe. Remember "If data is operated and examined to that extent, it will reveal everything about you".

Conclusion:

The Internet has become a part of our daily lives today and our data is very ostentatious, so, we should be very careful about its handling. In the above article, I have tried to explain some of the risks of using cloud hope this will help you all, for any other queries shoot your questions in the comment section below! Will see you in my next article till then stay healthy and keep learning!






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