Following up from earlier this month, there are still many misconceptions about cloud computing that most people and businesses are missing. Make sure you’re not one of them.

Myth: All cloud providers are the same.
As cloud computing has grown in size and reach, a number of standards have emerged, but there’s no agreement on which are the most important. Be aware of the difference across cloud security standards. Then, make sure you’re happy with your provider, because not all providers are equal.

Myth: Small businesses don’t need to worry about hackers.
A common myth is that hackers only target big businesses. This comes partly due to the fact that high profile hacks are more likely to make the headlines, but hackers don’t only target big business. In fact, small businesses often have weaker security making them more vulnerable, and therefore easier, more profitable targets. Hackers are jumping on this and attacks on small businesses are on the rise.

Myth: You don’t need multiple cloud strategies.

There’s a tendency to apply the cloud to projects in only one way but you don’t have to be limited by only one application of the cloud. A cloud strategy begins by identifying business goals and mapping potential benefits of the cloud to them, while mitigating the potential drawbacks. Cloud should be thought of as a means to an end and the end must be specified first.

Myth: There is high security loss risks with the cloud.

Although there’s been quite a bit of press on cloud hacks and security, the truth is that instances of cloud security concern are relatively limited. In fact, many of the known security issues are the results of the offices hosting the cloud. You should always be mindful of security when working on the cloud, but do not let security concerns dissuade you from utilizing it.