Two Cloud computing challenges in 2016 firms should be concerned about
Cloud computing, by far, has proven to be the most revolutionizing technology in the past decade, allowing companies to secure multiple cost efficiencies and data sharing capabilities. More importantly, it has allowed startup companies to go head-to-head with some of the industry’s biggest corporations. Spending on cloud networks and infrastructure continues to rise to ever high proportions. According to Forester, IT spending worldwide will near almost $3tn in 2016 as firms eye analytics and cloud tools as lucrative investment areas.
However, there are a number of challenges and threats that cloud-adopting companies need to be mindful of in order to secure their competitive advantages. These are as follows.
Containerized Cloud to become a target
Containerized cloud computing facilities, such as Docker, have become a major hit and are becoming the next area for the growth of cloud tools. The popularity of such cloud services will make it a key target for hackers in being able to exploit security weaknesses to acquire access to sensitive cloud corporate data.
According to BetterCloud security vice president, Brett Greenwood, “This will result in prssure for the open source community and software and security vendors to fill the gaps. In the meantime, those who adopt containerization strategies will need to implement additional security measures to mitigate the risks of using these technologies.”
As a result, companies will have to determine new security best practices for their containerization services to ensure their potential for leveraging cost-efficiencies and smoother data-storage capabilities is not affected.
Eric Chiu, President of HyTrust, a cloud security company, believes that, “The benefits and savings [of containers] are obvious, a fact which combined with the siren-like allure of the new and shiny will encourage both major players and startups to keep driving innovation and new solutions in this space,” Chiu said. “As the maturation of containers continues to recapitulate the evolution of virtualization, one would expect to see many of the security issues inherent with the approach addressed not only by the likes of Docker but also by a number of third parties, as we’ve seen with virtualization. There is a lot of interesting work to be done on this front.”
Security Problems in Big Data-driven cloud services
This is another area in which firms will have to come up with innovative solutions. Big Data is set to grow as a major data collection, monitoring, and evaluation tool, allowing organizations to make use of petabytes of accurate decision making surrounding resource allocation, marketing, and general business strategies.
Gaining access to the vastness of each data center in Big Data is a numerous challenge in itself, which has substantial security implications. The policy engines within Big Data are established only at the application level and, hence, not integrated across all centers.
As a result, companies have to come to grips with the disadvantages of adopting a fragmented approach of leveraging data to further their corporate goals. The inconsistencies present within each data center means that companies run at the risk of severe security vulnerabilities.