Cloud Computing

An Introduction to Cloud Computing

A film spotlighting the aspects of using cloud storage that should be addressed by users for data and personal security.

Further Information

Cloud Computing is the internet-based storage for files, applications, and infrastructure. One could say cloud computing has been around for many years, but now a company may buy or rent space for their daily operations.  

The cost savings in implementing a cloud system is substantial, and the pricing for use of cloud computing can easily be scaled up or down as determined by necessity.

Uses of Cloud Computing

  • Rapid Service
  • Secure Service
  • Satisfying User Experience
  • Lower Costs
  • Multi-User Access
  • Development Platform
  • Infinite Storage

Cloud Computing

Data security is one of the major concerns with cloud computing. Even though the encryption and security power increases at an exponential rate, the threat of hackers still looms in many companies’ minds. Experts say that within four years, security systems for cloud computing will be perfected and stronger. 

As with any form of technology, the employer should have a policy on the use of cloud computing by employees that states the type of monitoring that will be conducted by the employer. This policy will serve to insure that the employer's cloud computing is not abused by employees. The policy should also state that employees have no privacy rights in regard to any contents (data) in the cloud.

In contracting with providers such as Dropbox, Microsoft, Apple or Amazon there are growing legal issues that must be addressed by all parties involved with the cloud contract.

Learning Links

Cloud Contract

An article from the UNC School of Government that outlines the most important considerations when making a contract with a company for cloud storage. These include Pricing, data assurance, right to audit and inspect, service level agreements, remediation/penalties, disaster recovery/ business continuity, outsourced services, and termination.