I keep reading things that tell me how secure the cloud is. The arguments usually run along these lines:
I remain unconvinced. On points No. 1 and 2, I say: Wait. When I first signed onto Gmail, it was me and two other people I knew. It never gave me a moment's trouble. Then it hit some unknown critical mass and then -- what do you know? -- outages. The service is still excellent, but nonetheless, there are problems.
As for No. 3, well, maybe that data's not very sensitive. Or possibly if you're storing data in the cloud, you might not be that concerned about integrating with on-site data. And you're apparently in the minority.
Analysts say 75 percent of CIO and IT executives say security is their No. 1 concern about cloud computing, according to this Jitterbit press release.
And that's coming from a company that offers integration via the cloud.
Jitterbit drew on its experience helping others navigate integration of cloud resources with existing IT systems to write five integration tips for cloud computing.
Not surprisingly, "address security concerns" made the list:
Because integrated cloud computing involves moving sensitive data between the cloud and on-premise networks, guaranteeing security is vital. When vetting an integration solution, determine which standards are supported for securing the data in transit. Keep in mind that as enterprises move more processes to the cloud over time, the volume of sensitive data flowing to and from the cloud will only increase.
The article also advises companies:
Thankfully, the press release offers this advice without pushing Jitterbit's own SaaS solution.
It also wraps up with this cautionary quote from Sharam Sasson, president and CEO of Jitterbit:
Today's enterprise cloud initiatives require decoupled data systems working together - without the need for personnel and other resources to set up and maintain them - making integration key to success.
I agree, though I probably would've amended it to say, "making secure integration the key to success."