I have been talking to a lot of people about the Cloud, aka OnDemand, aka Hosting, aka SaaS, everyone always brings up security. Yes for sure security is a big issue with everyone. And since we represent SAP Business ByDesign, which is an ERP and CRM system, who would ever want their financial and sales data to be stolen. Not much could be worse!
Well when you hear about these horror stories about Sony PlayStation and all the other guys having issues, this is actually a good thing. Because the fact is that will make the companies like Microsoft and SAP really tighten down on their security, as they see what a little bad press can do.
I liken this to airplane and car crashes. Statistically there are much more car accidents and you are much more likely to be injured or die in a car crash. An airplane ride is much more complex and difficult mode of transportation, and even with all the flights in the world every day, there are only a very small number of accidents. The thing is every time there is one, it is front page news and you hear about it.
Same with Cloud security breaches. At the end of the day, the Cloud providers are a lot safer, as they have much more sophisticated defenses. And smaller organizations get hacked all the time – you just don’t know about it – in fact, a lot of times they don’t even know it happened. That makes the Cloud a pretty good place to hang out. Don’t let the stories out there scare you.
Maybe this will clear up some of that fear about flying in the Cloud. Oops I’m getting my metaphors mixed up.