Whether the cloud can be trusted with critical assets is an often debated topic among technology journalists and business professionals alike. The reality is that it may depend on the precautions an organization takes with regard to its cloud migration. According to a recent Information Management article, the first step in ensuring a secure cloud deployment is researching vendors. The vetting process should include collecting some background information to ensure the provider follows best practices. Companies can ensure the safety of their data by asking for proof of certification in commonly accepted standards.
“Vendors should be certified in SAS 70, PCI security guidelines and SSAE 16, which some people regard as the new SAS 70,” the article stated. “A legal agreement should stipulate how quickly the vendor is to report suspected security incidents. It’s also important to establish up front who owns the data.”
Once a basic security stance has been established, it’s important to ensure that the service can also meet any unique business needs. For example, companies with geographic data storage concerns should ask where the cloud database is located. Companies may also look for other security features to further protect their information. As Information Management noted, important features to consider include access control and multi-factor authentication.
For businesses that take the appropriate precautions, the cloud offers robust benefits. As USA Today reported, many businesses start off by leveraging cloud storage. However, cloud applications make it easier to integrate solutions because they are no longer isolated to a single machine. Combined with the lower maintenance burden and reduced need for in-house infrastructure, this provides a significant advantage to smaller businesses that face budget limitations.
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