As cloud technology forges its way into the business practices of companies worldwide, some speculation still remains as to the safety of cloud storage.

Many ask whether cloud storage is safer than legacy systems, or whether it is secure at all.

In part 1 of this series, we discussed how cloud technology offers strong security measures that seriously rival traditional backup storage methods.

These security measures include automatic backups that are a process of cloud disaster recovery, as well as significant surveillance of hardware coupled with stringently controlled access.

The security of the cloud is also based on frequent auditing, and certification in relation to the four-level tier system that is currently in place in Australia.

But what else contributes to the safety of cloud storage?


High-level security expertise

Since cloud providers typically store an immense amount of data, the skill and expertise behind the security of cloud storage is of the highest quality.

The skillset present within the framework of cloud security is of a much higher standard than that which could be acquired by a company whose focus is not entirely on security, but on other business ventures.

Since the business of a cloud vendor is primarily storage and security, it can be expected that there is an enormous amount of operational expertise in the up keeping of security on the cloud.


The ability of cloud vendors to maintain these high levels of security is also trusted by organisations such as the NSA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Coca-Cola.