Key considerations before migrating data to cloud

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Gartner, an American Information Technology Research advisory predicted that ‘Nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017’. Amidst the significant growth visible in cloud deployments, moving your sensitive business data to hybrid cloud is not very easy. A small error can lead into severe disruptions or outages. Though the move to the cloud is a business decision, security management should also go hand-in-hand. Many organizations today lack the necessary visibility of their application connectivity requirements and underlying security policies. Here are some key integration considerations before you embrace the cloud.

If you are concerned about best securing your data, try to get convincing answers to a few questions like how secure is my data, how accessible is my data, how much will it cost, when does data need to be encrypted and who controls the encryption keys. After successfully answering these questions, you can confidently move to the cloud.

Security & Compliance

While talking about the cloud, the major concern is the security of data. It is critical that you take every precautionary step to secure data from increasingly sophisticated data threats like cyber surveillance, data breaches etc. Security and compliance issues should be given the top priority as it can affect the business critically. Make sure to find a provider who has a policy driven approach to where IT policies are automatically enforced.

Cost & Performance

The cost and performance should be perfectly balanced while choosing cloud. Cost has to be correctly measured and analyzed. The key factors that impact the performance of cloud includes type of media used, access protocols, and the access between storage and applications. Customers should analyze these before opting a provider.

Network Vulnerabilities

Organizations should prioritize network vulnerabilities by business application. Applications can run the risk of being under performed and low availability while undergoing some reconfiguration. Business owners can opt for services such as automated replication and high availability of their application without any code changes.

Availability and Recovery capabilities

Enterprises need to have clear IT solutions that are vigilant because interruptions in computing services cause increased costs and can sometimes contribute to a loss of consumer confidence. Opt a provider who works closely with an IT consulting firm that can show them ways to organize bandwidth levels that will be sufficient to meet their IT needs. Always procure cloud service providers who offer a service level target with penalties for noncompliance.

Risk of Decommissioned Applications

Decommissioned applications often lead to security risks. IT professionals have to manually identify firewall rules each time to fix the issue. In doing so, many unnecessary access rules are left creating security risks. Always use firewall rules to identify network components and applications that can effectively block unauthorized access.

Complexity

The sheer complexity of any given network can lead to a lot of mistakes, especially when it comes to multiple firewalls with complex rule sets. Simplifying security management processes through automation and an application-centric approach is a must.

With these key considerations, your successful integration to the cloud is possible. Stylus is already successful in integrating cloud services. With careful planning and a comprehensive security solution that’s custom fit our encryption needs, we are confident that our organization’s reputation and brand will remain trustworthy.

Cloud Security: Is your critical business data safe in the cloud?

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Those days have largely gone, when major business data are stored in local servers and discs. Now enterprises are leaning more towards cloud service as a way to reduce cost and deliver business application more quickly. Though the cloud service demand is growing exponentially, still there are widespread concerns about, ‘how safe our data in the cloud?’ ‘Is there any chances of hacking the cloud services?’

Let us find out the security concerns and major drawbacks of cloud computing.

Embracing the cloud means you are completely surrendering your sensitive data to a third party. This can sometime put an organization into great risk. For the time being we cannot completely say our data is absolutely safe in the cloud. Data privacy is a major issue that spans the globe now. Because of the trans-border data flow, it remains unclear which country‘s data privacy law is applicable while it flows from the sender to the server.

Reliability is also a major concern. We can’t be certain that the services we are using will always be available. Technical issues like network issues and connectivity problems are some of the major disadvantages with the cloud. Nothing is completely secure in the internet and there is always the lurking possibility of hacking the sensitive data. A cloud server is essentially not redundant nor is it backed up. At first glance, though a cloud computing application may appear to be a lot cheaper, need to be sure you are doing a total cost comparison. Before you leap into the cloud, think how these drawbacks could affect your business.

Tips to keep your data safe in the cloud

While using cloud, the first thing you should do is to define the level of privacy you need and thus a level of protection for it. Data can be successfully protected through certain proper steps. The key is to find the right vendor. Choose the most reliable service provider; in their hands your data is absolutely safe. It is better to avail the service of a cloud provider who use local encryption and decryption of your files in addition to storage and backup. Be clear about how the cloud service works and the user agreement of your provider. Always back up your data in the cloud. Avoid storing very sensitive data in the cloud is best suggested. Make sure that you are using a very strong password. Choose a vendor who offers  a high level of physical security – a network of fully protected secure data centers – and a multi-element security system in the cloud that isolates and safeguards your important company data with firewalls, log and threat management. The IT staff should also constantly test all layers of protection, ensuring that systems are up to date.

If you’re currently using cloud services or thinking about partnering with a hosting provider, take time to investigate the security measures the company uses to keep client data safe. It is vital to deploy the right tools and services to secure your sensitive information. Check our previous post on Top Cloud based tools that can help you in securing your delicate business data to some extent.