Data Security and Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing is considered as the next age paradigm in computation. In the cloud computing environment, both applications and resources are delivered on-demand over the Internet as services from various data centres.

Cloud is an environment of the hardware and software resources in the data centres that provide diverse services over the network or the Internet to satisfy user’s demand.

The explanation of “Cloud Computing” from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is that cloud computing enables ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. According to this explanation, cloud computing provides effective on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Resources in this context refer to computing applications, network resources, platforms, software services, virtual servers, and computing infrastructure.

Cloud Computing can be considered as the modern computing precursor that can provide services on demand at a minimal cost. The three well-known and commonly used service models in the cloud paradigm are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

In SaaS, software with the relevant data is deployed by a cloud service provider, and users can use it through the web browsers. In PaaS, a service provider facilitates services to users with a set of software programs that can solve the specific tasks. In IaaS, the cloud service provider facilitates services to users with virtual machines and storage to improve their business capabilities.

Cloud Computing allows services to be consumed easily on demand. Its characteristics include:

  • On-demand self-service.
  • Ubiquitous network access.
  • Location independent.
  • Resource pooling.
  • Rapid resource elasticity.
  • Usage-based pricing.
  • Transference of risk.

As the pandemic hits harder Cloud computing technology is currently changing the way we do business in the world.

Cloud Computing and Data Security

However, one of the boundaries to the adoption of cloud computing is data security, which is accompanied by issues including compliance, privacy, trust, and legal matters. Data security becomes particularly serious in the cloud computing environment because data are scattered in different machines and storage devices including servers, PCs, and various mobile devices such as wireless sensor networks and smartphones, as data security in the cloud computing is more complicated than data security in the traditional information systems.

Data security has been a major problem in Information Technology (IT) industry. In cloud computing, it is serious because data is located in different places. Data security and privacy protection are the two main factors of users’ concerns about cloud technology and this can be guaranteed through the services Primus Cloud Solutions renders.

How To Ensure Data Security In Cloud Computing

  • Ensure Local Backup.
  • Use Encryption.
  • Encourage users to use Reliable Passwords.
  • Use additional Security Measures.
  • Test Your Security.
  • Improve your understanding of How Cloud Service Storage Works

As data security and privacy protection become more important for the future development of Cloud Computing technology in government, industry, and business. Data security and privacy protection issues are relevant to both hardware and software in the cloud architecture for both AWS and AZURE.

To enable the adoption of Cloud Computing by users and enterprises, Primus Cloud Solutions prioritises data security to make the cloud environment trustworthy.

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