Cloud Encryption’s Effectiveness and Usability, Explained

Cloud Encryption

We are in a time where having a strong password is not enough and new ways on how to secure data must be given urgency and priority. The sense of urgency comes from the increasing number of hackers and unsecured files readily available over the internet. Encryption is pretty much like a safe; anyone who can access it should have the correct key. Data security, which is the general root of cloud encryption, has so many definitions, but all in all, is programmed to provide confidentiality.

Cloud Encryption Data Management

Cloud encryption data management provides a security for the user not to experience duplication and instead, have a safe transfer of files so that it won’t end up to the public cloud. Online cloud data are more vulnerable on being part of the public storage, but with the right encryption, third party files or risky government files won’t be beyond users’ control. Cloud encryption is like whispering your password to a secured team who will keep your password and files safe, while making you the sole person to access your account using a kind of algorithm. In simpler terms, your files are safer in cloud encryption because you are the only key holder to your files.

But there is also a risk: most often than not, encryption in the process of storing data takes place on provider’s servers, giving them the encryption key; giving you no option but to trust these service providers.

Online service providers should show users how credible they are, so they will earn trust and respect in return.

Another point in fact is that encryption chomps through more process overhead, forcing cloud providers to offer basic encryption on a limited data fields, such as account numbers and passwords. Due to this fact, techniques such as obfuscating data become common as well; wherein data stored remains confidential and the use of propriety encryption algorithms are blurred for other cloud users. Letting the provider encrypt a user’s entire database can be costly, obliging people to store in-house data for the meantime. The process of in-house data may be demanding in such a way that the cloud user must learn how to use the encryption key management of the provider while matching the level of sensitivity of the data. If not, the truth lies on the reality that online storage providers either encrypted or not, must be apprehended in trust.

Cloud encryption may be a challenge for users, as it requires an amount of patience for a really secured storage and transport. Aside from trust issues, repercussion of proxy security over data security merits must be given ample precedence. It is by far a fact that most people need data security within their online storage, therefore a proxy model must not be used. Users must use a system which guarantees that they could facilitate decryption of the customers’ stored data.

As of today, the existing cloud storage services which make available encryption are “security by proxy” in nature. For that reason, users do not get the 100% security they need for their stored data. Online storage providers should therefore start offering more assurances until encryption gets worse.

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