The immutable challenge in cloud computing today is data security and it is quite litigious. And, this makes it imperative to have a better understanding of the security challenges and critically evaluate and apply this technology depending upon our business needs. With increased adoption comes the added security concerns.

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The most important concerns related to security include:

  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance
  • Data Safety – personal or sensitive data getting mixed, getting lost, wiped, corrupted or stolen
  • Data Privacy and Reliability
  • Viability of accessing or retrieving your data in the long term
  • Data Residency

These challenges are among the biggest deterrents for businesses migrating to the cloud. Large enterprises are also concerned about

  • Loss of Visibility and Control on their data
  • Establishing and maintaining the right levels of Data Privacy and Security

The number of the U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, according to a report released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. And this accentuates the growing challenge to secure sensitive data and prevent fraudulent access. So building security at every layer is imperative.

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The providers have to focus on reducing risk by building an enhanced framework for Governance, Data Security and App Security. Organizations should focus on compliance, fraud detection, minimizing password risks by single sign on and authorization to data and applications. With the inevitable threat of security concerns, it is vital for the layer of virtualization to be properly configured, managed and secured. And, it is important to know who manages the data, where it is stored and what laws apply.

Data encryption is one of the key solutions to overcome data resiliency concerns where only the customer retains the encryption key. There are also ways to ensure privacy and prevention of data loss.

A secure cloud infrastructure entails on-site data centres so that it can be managed feasibly. And this can mitigate the risk involved. A secured platform can help enterprise businesses to realize the benefits of cloud technology and ensure a secure environment for sensitive data.

Cloud computing is experiencing fast growth around the world. Deploying cloud technology will help reduce cost, increase competitiveness and meet time to market.

And since today’s business wants it all, considering certain factors before taking the leap will help in better decision making.

  • Provider is fully committed to understanding your business need
  • Location of the data centers and the security strategy
  • Cost involved
  • Choosing the right vendor, a trusted partner
  • Secured network
  • Resilient cloud technology

The providers must ensure their infrastructure is secure, and the client data and application are protected. They also need to check the integrity of data and messages through strong authentication or other means to make sure the data has not been compromised in transit. And this requires continuous monitoring, reporting and alert functions. So choose providers who offer robust security, assurance and governance architecture to manage ongoing security needs in a cost- effective way. And make sure the providers are committed to industry best practices.

Cloud Computing Confidence – Elevated

Cloud providers commitment to industry’s best practices will continue to drive organizations to migrate more critical applications and services to these platforms. In doing so, they achieve the required security, along with the assurance of robust security in a cost effective way.