Recent events have spurred increased paranoia regarding cloud computing and its security. Over Labor Day weekend, an anonymous hacker leaked hundreds of photos of celebrity women — many provocative in nature — that were illegally obtained from personal cell phones. Most of these pictures were taken on an iPhone and sent to Apple's iCloud storage environment, where the massive security breach occurred.
The incident has dominated headlines all week long and has sparked a strong backlash not only from the victims but from those who now fear for their own security in the cloud. Apple has gone on record saying its iCloud system has never been hacked, but many analysts suggest that the damage has already been done. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident, the fact remains that private photos were made public without consent, which only arouses fear and skepticism in every cloud user.
Ultimately, businesses that store their data to the cloud feel they have the most to lose. Financial transactions and other sensitive information must be protected at all costs, and if the cloud is perceived as vulnerable (whether it is or not) that could impact adoption rates and limit the technology's effectiveness in the workplace.
Companies can alleviate some of their concerns by working with a VAR or MSP that can find them the right cloud solution and teach them best practices regarding performance and security. In fact, as the cloud continues to grow amid increasing security concerns, this is an opportune time for these providers to share their expertise and help businesses make the most of their cloud solutions. This can only be accomplished with the right talent, which is why VAR Staffing helps identify and recruit top talent to fill these positions.