4 GUIDELINES FOR REDUCING SECURITY RISKS IN THE CLOUD

We have all heard the trendy tech phrase, “the cloud”. The cloud (outlined nicely in this Beginner’s Guide to the Cloud by the online news outlet Mashable for those of you who are not familiar) is a very abstract term used to describe a network of servers, each with a different function – some of them responsible for storing data. Years ago, industry analysts predicted that by the year 2012, about 20 percent of businesses would no longer own any IT assets. More recently in January, a survey conducted by 2nd Watch revealed that a whopping 93 percent of enterprise business units are using the cloud.

With its growing popularity, it is even more important to prevent cloud data breaches. If you are a company using the cloud, follow these four guidelines to reduce security risks:

1. Identify the assets being moved into the cloud. These are either data or applications/processes.

2. Be selective. Some data is best handled by in-house corporate data centers, while other parts should be migrated over to the cloud via platform-as-a-service arrangements.

3. Determine the importance of the data being moved to cloud and risk level if it unexpectedly was exposed to the public.

4. Institute the proper security systems, including onsite inspections of cloud providers, data encryption programs, audit and data retention systems and cloud-provider compliance standards.

Taking each of these precautions is a great start, but remember: the security of your data can be compromised when you move off the cloud or move your data from one cloud to another. Depending on who owns the data, a cloud migration can leave your sensitive, confidential content vulnerable to a potential and unexpected attack. It is therefore crucial to you have security policies in place to destroy data on the old cloud as a preventative measure.

In a situation where cloud hard drives are shared, traditional on-site data erasure and destruction approaches cannot be employed. That is why our innovative engineering has led to special technology to erase data inside the cloud. This has enabled us to access logical drives in the cloud, confirm their identity and erase them. For more information, contact us now.

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