Unexpected Pitfalls of Working in the Cloud

Started by arthyk, Nov 20, 2022, 12:45 PM

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One of the essential features of cloud computing is the ability to work with so-called 'shared' files by many users at the same time.
At the same time, the presence of offline programs on users' computers is not at all necessary - a modern browser is enough.
Technically, working with the cloud not only allows you to bypass the limitations of the hardware, but also to share 'remote' software with many users in real time and help each other.
And here the only question that arises is the question of morality.
For example, many freelancers work on the same document at the same time. They do not know each other, but in addition to filling out each of their cells of this document, they can also correct each other, offer their own options for filling in the corresponding cells of other employees, for example, in the sense of spelling.
But what happens if a 'vermin' gets into this 'community' of decent workers? He can either deliberately "confuse" honest workers, or, due to his illiteracy, offer / correct obviously correct work. That is, one way or another, control is needed - be it a human administrator (although this is already a step back), or artificial intelligence (a step not yet implemented).
These are seemingly banal, but at the same time unexpected pitfalls found in the cloud industry. ???


Security should be at the forefront of any IT project, and cloud storage is no different. The cloud is a shared platform, and while the provider should take care of separating its customers, you need to ensure proper separation within the resource allocated to you.
Access control is crucial, and the threat posed by inattentive attitude to cloud security can have disastrous consequences. An incorrectly installed encryption key or a leak of the administrator account can open access to the entire repository, the data placed in it and the auxiliary infrastructure, and lead to an unrecoverable deletion.

Some legal requirements may also affect the possibility of using cloud storage: for example, in terms of localization of information storage systems.  Even if you store data on the territory of your country, can you be sure that all copies of this data are placed exclusively in places that meet the requirements of the legislation?
Even if the main data set is located in a data center in Russia, do you know where all the copies necessary to ensure the stability of the service are stored?

This is not only about the security of cloud storage, but also about its protection. What should I do if the data is deleted?
Do you have a recovery plan? Too often, organizations fall into the trap of believing that because the data is in the cloud, the provider is responsible for it.