The use of cloud services is widespread today, as they offer a number of advantages. But of course there are also risks involved.
Advantages of using the cloud
The benefits of cloud computing naturally include saving storage space on the hard drives of mobile devices or PCs, as files and applications can be outsourced to remote servers. Working in the cloud also makes it possible to access a wide variety of data from any location. And another advantage: people in different locations can access and use programmes and files at the same time. This simplifies work enormously, saves time and cumbersome coordination - particularly important in times of working from home and mobile working!
Disadvantages of using the cloud
However, centralised storage also harbours risks, as companies entrust their data to a cloud service provider that operates outside their own company. This naturally places certain demands on security. On the one hand on the part of the users, who must have effective basic protection on their access devices, and on the other hand on the part of the cloud provider, who must guarantee confidentiality, integrity and the constant availability of the data in addition to data security in the cloud.
It is difficult to assess how secure and reliable a cloud provider is. In addition to the personal experiences of other users, you could also refer to tests published on the internet that compare different cloud providers (e.g. Stiftung Warentest, Netzwelt.de).
Security in the cloud
The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has summarised basic information on various aspects of secure cloud use.
Below are the most important links:
- Cloud: Grundlagenwissen (Cloud: Basic knowledge)
- Cloud: Risiken und Sicherheitstipps (Cloud: Risks and security tips)
- Wegweiser Cloud-Dienste (Guide to cloud services)