For business and personal use, efficient, scalable, and affordable cloud computing is very important. However, there are still several concerns about cloud computing from a security point of view. These security concerns will leave the user vulnerable if proper action is not taken towards addressing the issues. One of the security concerns is data breach. This can occur when a malicious party launches an attack through hacking or by releasing confidential information (Ghia, 2014). Data loss is also a security concern. While often data breach is as a result of malicious intent, data loss is in most cases accidental. Data loss can occur in several ways such as a virus attack or destruction of the file store (Ghia, 2014). If data loss happens with no adequate backup, then the stored data is likely to disappear permanently. There is also the risk of system vulnerabilities case in point for networks with complex infrastructure.
Vulnerabilities in the cloud environment provide an opportunity for an attack on cloud data. One way data attack on the cloud can happen is through denial of service attacks (DoS attacks). This kind of attack ensures that users are not able to gain access to a service (Singh & Shrivastava, 2012). As it stands, DoS attacks on cloud data are easy to initiate. Another form of data attack on the cloud is the Malware Injection Attack. This kind of attack takes place when an attacker adds a service implementation to the cloud environment (Singh & Shrivastava, 2012). Addition of the adverse system will then allow the attacker to be in control of the victim’s data in the cloud (Singh & Shrivastava, 2012). Two-factor authentication is a networking tool that can be used to ameliorate data attacks on the data cloud. A two-factor authentication notifies the user when unauthorized access is detected. Another security tool that can be used is CipherCloud software. This software ensures the security of data stored in the cloud by encrypting the data when uploading and decrypting it when downloading.
Networking configuration involves setting up a network to meet communication objectives. The process of setting up the network involves activities such as setting flow and the network’s controls. However, some configuration challenges can occur during the set-up process. One tool that can help with the problem is the Network Command Shell. This tool is able to modify the network configuration of a running remote computer. The tool uses a command line scripting utility that comes with several options. Another option is the IP configuration utility tool. This tool helps by displaying all the current internet protocol network configuration values. It can also refresh the DNS settings.
Businesses and organizations adopt cloud services in an effort to achieve scalability, flexibility, and cost savings. However, the complexities of managing cloud platforms present the need to use tools that will facilitate efficient operation. One of these tools is cloudability. This is a financial management tool that serves the purpose of analyzing and monitoring all the cloud expenses of an organization (Mitchell, 2013). To achieve its purpose, it is able to aggregate expenditures into reports, offer budget alerts and offers suggestions on ways to reduce cost (Mitchell, 2013). The tool is accurate, fast and integrates well across several platforms. Given the complexities of managing cloud platforms, I would recommend huge organizations to use the cloud. This is because the tool is safe thus guaranteeing the security of data stored on the platform. Also, its management capabilities will enhance efficiency and reduce cost for any organizations provided that it is used in the right way and finally, because of its stability.