Ars Asks, part two: Electric IT bugbear boogaloo, cloud edition
Last time, we asked about the IT threats that keep you up at night, and you answered (and gave us a few nightmares ourselves). Though your reported IT fears varied over a pretty broad range, the things that concern Ars readers the most are unsecured or poorly secured mobile devices leaking company data—not surprising, considering how little control users and admins have over the cellular side of those devices and the dragons that may lurk therein.
Though you folks weighed in on a variety of scary things, there was one question that invoked a surprising split in responses: when we asked how concerned you all were about data hosted off-premises, the votes indicated a pretty sharp divide—about 40 percent of respondents were extremely wary of sending critical data to live up in the ether, and another 40 percent were completely unconcerned.
It’s an interesting response dichotomy. On one hand, of course, there’s the old aphorism that there really is no cloud—it’s all just someone else’s servers. On the other hand, so many businesses depend on someone else’s servers that when an Amazon or Google data center has an outage, annoyingly large chunks of the Internet get knocked offline. So who’s right? Is the sky full of friendly fluffy cotton candy fun clouds, or is there a dark storm gathering?