Cloud adoption is continuing unabated in many organizations. While some organizations are ready to move ahead, others are finding themselves falling behind. Because the benefits of cloud computing are self-evident, many more groups are making the transition. however, because not every company that moves to the cloud has top-tier technical talent, it can be difficult to get there. Some businesses have network troubles, or difficulty reaching their workers and educating them about the cloud. Others have even legal troubles. One of the hardest parts of cloud adoption is moving there alone. With a strong cloud provider, however, many of these issues can be dealt with quickly and fairly.
Some companies have a hard time settling legal contracts due to the way the cloud is structured. Rich Roseman, former CIO of 21st Century Fox, had trouble with his lawyers who didn't know how to write contracts for the cloud.
"If your attorneys are in their 40s, 50s or 60s, you're hosed," said Roseman at the eCloud summit in Austin, Texas.
Younger lawyers understand how to write for the cloud and what the costs involved are better than those that grew up without it. Because movement to this new kind of system is viewed as inevitable by millennial workers, it can be much easier for CEOs to get the kind of legal advice they need in their transition.
Actions speak louder than words on cloud security
Many CIOs are still stuck in the past with regard to viewing cloud security. While there can be obvious security deficiencies on a a cloud platform, the blame there can be put squarely on the provider, not any mythical vulnerability of the cloud. If the cloud were this penetrable, certainly people would have heard about it by now. Yet, most of the high-profile hacks of the last couple of years, including the Sony, Target and Home Depot attacks were all non-cloud based. Even the one major scandal about Apple's iCloud celebrity photo leak wasn't a cloud-break-in. It was a device break-in. Apple's iCloud was secure, but the actual iPhone itself wasn't. Since hackers could engineer a way around the protections built-in to the iPhone device, hackers could get the images they wanted. This doesn't speak to any sort of structural vulnerability of the cloud, just of the iPhone.
Most organizations make use of the cloud in their day to day life. Anyone using a hosted email service like Gmail, storing files on remote servers, or listening to music through subscription-based services is using a cloud service. The fact that most people don't recognize that they are using the cloud while using these services speaks to their general acceptance. Individuals store data without concern for the safety of their files on these types of larger organizations because they already know that those companies most likely have better security than they do. In fact, most CIOs are beginning to recognize that many cloud platforms have better security measures than company servers, according to The Telegraph.
The new future of data storage is that groups are going to have to get used to putting information on the cloud. Allowing workers to keep new versions of files in accessible places that are more protected than their current desktops will let companies get more done. Companies should focus on teaching their workers how to keep up the security of their devices in order to protect their information, and leave the complexities of managing secure network interactions to their premium cloud providers. In order for those using cloud servers to get the best benefits of cloud computing allow them to handle thorny security issues.