Security Considerations for Cloud Computing

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Security Considerations for Cloud Computing
Carlos Chandler

Abstract
Cloud computing is an emerging Information Technology (IT) model whereby a company utilizes a pay-per-use service for it computing needs rather than maintain a local data center run by its in-house IT department. By treating computing resources as a commodity or operating expense, it allows firms to focus less on IT and more on the core elements of the operations strategy. Because of advantages like this, its popularity has grown exponentially in recent years. However, cloud computing also has certain inherent risks in its present form. This paper seeks to understand the key advantages driving businesses to adopt this computing model in ever increasing numbers, while at the same time understanding what risks they are taking in doing so. To gain insight into these risks, this paper incorporates statistical research into what experts in the field believe to be the greatest down-sides to converting to this increasingly common IT model.

Security Considerations for Cloud Computing
What is Cloud Computing, Anyway?
To begin, let us illustrate what cloud computing is. Imagine you run a cookie baking business that takes orders from around the country via an online store. To handle the orders, would your business buy a fleet of trucks and deliver its own shipments, or would you simply contract with UPS or FedEx to ship the orders on your behalf? Clearly the cost efficiencies in contracting the shipping service outweigh any possible benefit of taking on the shipping process yourself. Moreover, outsourcing the delivery part of the business allows your cookie company to focus on its core competencies: baking cookies. Now, let’s return to that online store. At first you might have built at data center, bought computers, then hired an IT team to create and maintain data center—all this to…...

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