Your Client’s Cloud Computing Security

Your Client’s Cloud Computing Security

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Cloud computing arrived with many advantages and options to implement in small businesses, but just like any IT infrastructure, it has aspects to consider when deciding to adopt its services.

Cloud computing security, and more specifically, data security, is the main concern for technologists when it comes to cloud computing. However, as a non-technologist, having little control on where data lives, or not fully understanding how cloud computing works, shouldn’t discourage you from doing the research to find the best solution available.    

Here is some insight on how security is related to cloud computing:

  • Cloud computing security isn’t given the importance it deserves: it’s not a priority until it’s too late.

  • New topics around Cloud computing security emerge every day. It’s hard to stay on top of technology, but it’s necessary to keep track of moving parts and modern risks.

  • Finding the right help seems difficult. Not understanding how this technology works (including your team) and not seeking advice on how to handle it, is a great opportunity to dedicate resources and attention to the matter.

Now, here are some security updates to kick-off your quest towards information and decision-making. We’ll go over them slightly, and though this might be too technical to take it all in, it’s enough to ignite your curiosity and help you formulate questions for your IT team or partners:

  • Client-less security. Security and efficiency have finally merged. Processes are becoming much more streamlined and efficient in virtual platforms.

  • The adoption of virtual platforms. Virtual security appliances are agile, powerful, and can be deployed anywhere in your infrastructure. Bonus: these security platforms can be service-oriented.

  • Cloud and compliance is happening. As cloud services grow, they are getting matched to compliance regulations. An example: cloud providers like Amazon Web Services are becoming FedRAMP-certified cloud service providers.

  • Next-gen security feature sets. New powerful features, living on virtual and physical appliances, are here to help with advanced persistent threats.

  • Creating a new security policy. The constant process of keeping your organization and user base updated: new ways in which organizations must secure their data, observing data control policies and how users access your networks, identifying places where older security policies might have holes.

Private cloud computing allows for the most control of data. So, what should you consider when deciding on a cloud option? Here are 4 hints (plus questions) to discuss with your IT partners:

  1. Know where your data “lives”. Data encryption keeps the data safe, but how do you know where your data ends up if you terminate a service, or when a provider goes out of business? Being able to point to a server and know that your data is there goes a long way.

  2. Always backup. It’s overlooked but very important to increase (and maintain) control over your data: regular backups that live securely elsewhere. This includes the data from your clients, not only your organization’s.

  3. Ask how your IT partners deal with security. Which measures do they have in place to ensure the safety of your data (and of other their clients like you)? Where is your data stored?

  4. Ask for references. Especially when dealing with products we don’t know much about, it’s always understandable to ask others who have gone through the same experience. Bonus: asking what others are using the services for (and how) could also lead to interesting insight on how these services can be used for your organization.

Finally, a few best practices, which is something we do well:

  • Stay proactive, always be vigilant of your data

  • Stay updated on patches and fixes

  • Read security blogs, posts and articles

  • Test your system for flaws

  • Continuously update your security policies

  • Customize a security plan to address specific issues

 

When it comes to security, the importance of control over your environment is priority. Though data-sensitive organizations must always keep this into account, it’s basic to remember that securing your infrastructure is never-ending, yet a much high level needed and with effectiveness.