Friday the 13th – a day many dread. But what is it about the number 13? We’re afraid to have a 13th floor in buildings, airports go without a 13th terminal and prospective home owners steer clear of addresses with the number 13.
How have we come to the point where the term paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th, was created? Some point to biblical history, where the 13th apostle at the Last Supper, Judas, betrayed Jesus. Others reference Apollo 13, the space mission that never landed on the moon.
The list goes on and on — and the effect it has on our society is immense. According to the Phobia Institute Stress Management Center, approximately 20 million Americans suffer from this fear. An estimated $750 million is lost in business as consumers are hesitant to make purchases, travel or take any type of risk. Some do not even get out of bed for the day.
At the end of the day, the sun still rises and sets on every Friday the 13th, and people will continue to have their superstitions. So, maybe the best place to start is acknowledging and facing them.
Likewise, we see common fears in the world of technology. In recent years, there has been much fear around the advent, adoption and now management of the cloud. Is my data really secure in the cloud? Who can access it? What if the cloud fails?
But like most fears, with proper investigation, you’ll find them often unfounded. In this informative white paper, we explore some of the common “cloud myths” around cloud security, costs and loss of control, so you can make an informed decision as you move your data to the cloud.