When companies move to the cloud, they have numerous options regarding cloud service providers, including public, private or hybrid solutions. One key area companies look at in the cloud is security. ComputerWorld contributor Yorgen Edholm stated that public clouds can be risky to hold data if if not secured properly.{edit extract}

The problem lies with the daily tasks of employees. These workers are probably working hard on a lot of different projects, so when they put information in the public cloud, they may overlook the need to secure it. This leaves important data vulnerable to security breaches and could potentially lead to compliance fines.

"One CIO friend told me that, for her, using a public cloud means losing peace of mind," wrote Edholm. "Without a guarantee that she has exclusive access rights to the data, she is left wondering where exactly her company's information is being housed and who can see it."

Private clouds take care of most of these concerns. Because only one business' data is on that cloud, the data stays under the control of the enterprise's IT staff. Additional safeguards must still be used, but private clouds provide a greater degree of confidence in enterprise data security.

When moving to the enterprise cloud, it is important for businesses to take the correct steps to make sure it runs smoothly and safely. Forbes laid out three considerations that companies must take to ensure that it does.

Organizations must first include all employees in the cloud plan and ask them what they want out of the cloud. Businesses should also scale up from the IT framework already in place, implementing cloud service little by little. Analyzing the usage of the cloud can also help tailor it to the needs of every individual in the work place.