Cloud Hosting

While Cloud hosting has many advantages, it comes with a multitude of security risks. That’s why you must do your due diligence before jumping into cloud hosting head first. Ask the hard questions, demand transparency, and refuse to deal with cloud hosting providers that are not forthcoming in terms of providing details of their security programs. That said; here are the security risks you should raise with your cloud hosting vendor before implementing their services:

The cloud hosting vendor should comply with the required regulation

As much as you trust someone else to take care of your data, in the long run, you’re wholly responsible for the security of your information. Cloud hosting providers must undergo external audits and produce security certifications. Beware of cloud service providers who lack the necessary security certifications and who have not undergone external security auditing procedures.

Privileged cloud hosting administrators may not be trusted

Processing sensitive data out of your premises can pose grave security problems.  This is because you have no control over the people who have privileged access to the cloud servers. House programs typically employ physical, logical and personnel controls, so the only people who have access to sensitive data are those who have been thoroughly vetted. You should, therefore, ask to know information about the people who have privileged access to the cloud servers you intend to store your data on.

With cloud hosting, you have no idea where your data is located

The downside to cloud hosting is that you won’t know where your data is stored. It might even be stored on servers in another country. That’s why you should demand to know the specific regions where your data will be located.

Some cloud hosting companies may not have reliable data segregation mechanisms

Storage of data in the cloud typically happens in a shared environment.  While encryption can secure your data, it’s not a full-proof technique. You should demand to know how they segregate your data at rest. Also, the encryption implemented should be powerful enough, and you should ensure that qualified specialists have tested encryption schemes.

Longevity of the cloud hosting provider

While it’s unlikely that your cloud service provider will go broke or get acquired by another cloud hosting provider, you must know if your data will remain available in case any of the two things happen. Get to know if you’ll be able to get your data back and whether it would be in a format that can be recovered quickly.


Another downside to cloud computing is that it’s almost impossible to investigate illegal activities going on in the cloud server. That’s why you must engage in a contractual agreement with the cloud provider to support some forms of investigation. You want your cloud hosting service to function without any glitches, so ensure you get ahead the bottom of these risks.