The cloud may be a powerful tool for companies looking to make concise data protection plans. Information stored virtually is managed by third-party services, which can also aid in disaster recovery efforts, reports PC World.

Businesses can migrate their IT data to a cloud service provider to reduce costs, freeing up enterprise funds for other critical endeavors. However, the relationship between the company and the cloud provider over security considerations should not end there, according to the news source. Businesses may want to regularly communicate security considerations to the provider and, in the event of a system crash, may call on the third-party for a physical backup disk.

There are pros and cons associated with data backup in the cloud. The downside is a slow uptake of the new system, which can take weeks, states the media outlet. However, once this process is finished, future system updates and data inputs can be backed up in a short amount of time.

According to a recent report by SANpulse, information security is a commonly cited concern of CIOs as they migrate business data to the cloud. However, experts say that proper integration will often result in an efficient and trustworthy system.