At Xploration™14 in March we had several sessions on the cloud. Fortunately I was able to attend a couple of them and came back with more questions than answers as to how vulnerable Xplor would be if the cloud suddenly disappeared.
My conclusion to my brief sixty second assessment, we would be in deep trouble depending on the length of the outage and the ability of our provider to get us back up. Xplor’s email system is in the cloud as well as our event registration, website and members hub, which is just about all of Xplor. We backup our database but if the rest goes down it is still a really big problem.
In further researching I read an interesting article the other day by Steve Wozniak regarding the cloud that made me think. In the article he stated “The more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it. With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away.”
The term that really caught my attention was “You already signed it away.” Yes, that is what we often do when we check that terms and conditions box in addition to absolving the provider of most if not all liability.
The Need to Ask Questions
What if your cloud provider goes out of business, is a victim of hackers or cyber terrorists. What are their safeguards? How do you get back up and running? How do you recover? What is their liability?
Xplor as an organization is going to be asking the three vendors that control our “clouds” these questions.
So how does your organization handle the cloud and the people you entrust with your information?
What if there was not a cloud in the sky? I am curious to hear your views.