“Through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault,”

Jay Heiser, research vice president at Gartner.


If you want to avoid being in that group, then read on and note the ‘seven devastating cloud computing mistakes’ to avoid:

Mistake one – Ignoring the shared cloud responsibility model

Yes, that’s right, there is a model, and this involves your solution provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA). Being unfamiliar with the specific responsibilities that your SLA has outlined is a bad start to adopting cloud technology. After all, if disaster strikes, your service provider could turn and say ‘well, we were not in charge of that aspect of your cloud security!’

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Mistake two – Overlooking the benefits of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments

I quote: “The hybrid cloud market is set to explode, with some analysts projecting growth from $44B in 2018 to nearly $100B in 2023.” – Hybrid Cloud Market – Global Forecast to 2023,”

In other words, a big mistake is giving no consideration to these infrastructures. Multicloud environments, for example, are more than just a philosophy but can exploit the unique capabilities of different clouds, rather than going ‘all in’ with a single cloud.

Mistake three – Where is my data being stored?

Know exactly where your data is being stored and be familiar with any data regulations that need to be followed. Simply put, your cloud provider needs to tell you specifically which servers your data is being stored on and where they’re located.

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Mistake four – Migrating data all at once

Migrating to the cloud is a big step that needs to be well planned. No matter what experience you or your staff may have had in doing so, someone, somewhere will make a mistake during the transition. Migrating all at once rather than in phases will put your business-critical data at risk. Mistakes made early on in one of these phases using non-essential data will give you more chance to come to the rescue.

Mistake five – Cloud data misconfiguration during migration

There has been a tendency to avoid testing the functionality of any applications or projects you intend to put into the cloud before migration takes place. This can result in your applications becoming unresponsive in the cloud. For example, one of your applications may need more space/power than what is offered by your cloud provider.

Mistake six – Improperly deleting unwanted cloud data

Your provider destroys your unwanted data for you. But how? What is the method? Being unsure of your provider’s methodology when it comes to data deletion could be a big mistake as you will never be sure if data is safely and completely destroyed.

Mistake seven – Unnecessarily moving a workflow to the cloud

Sometimes, businesses have moved into the cloud and later determined that their workflow/business tasks have become ineffective. Cost of implementation, on-going maintenance and data security risks have led to no return on investment. Your IT team should carefully evaluate this before migration.


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