Cloud computing is proving to be an increasingly popular option for businesses as they look to implement new data backup methods. But, like every IT solution, cloud computing has its own set of risks and rewards.

A recent article in the Guardian examines the benefits of cloud computing, as well as the potential concerns associated with the solution. The advantages have been discussed at length in this blog, especially for that require cloud technology.

The ability to back up data to an offsite location is convenient since businesses do not have to worry about managing complicated IT infrastructure like servers and cables. Additionally, having information stored safely outside of the office is extremely valuable in assisting with business continuity efforts in the wake of a natural disaster.

However, potential users should be aware of the risks related to cloud computing. Some businesses are wary of keeping their information in a virtual environment. Without the piece of mind presented by knowing that information is stored securely within the walls of an office, security concerns are understandable.

However, with a proper understanding of best cloud computing practices, backing up information this way can prove to be even safer than using an on-site solution.

“In general, cloud-based service providers have a very high, and in many cases even higher, security level than what most companies have in their own IT systems,” the article states. “There is, undoubtedly, a need to educate your employees on how to safely store access and share their data to mitigate potential security risks, and this is true for both the cloud and internal IT systems.”

So, with the proper training and right solution, cloud computing can prove to be safer and more secure than any on-site backup system. Businesses interested in procuring this solution should contact an IT systems provider.