Is “Cloud Security” a Misnomer?

05/09/2013

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Is “Cloud Security” a Misnomer?

The short answer is no. Though the deletion or breach of security to a family photo or a personal MP3 might register as an annoyance to a casual user, the loss or leak of classified company information is another matter entirely. Many professionals may find cloud storage’s lack of tangibility a frightening prospect. In recent years, more and more companies are realizing that cloud computing is not only a convenient and reliable place to store data, it’s also a secure one. But not all clouds are created equal, so how can you ensure that your cloud-stored company data is as safe as possible? The answers to these simple questions can help you decide.

Where is the data hosted, and who has access to it?

Most public and private cloud providers can’t or won’t tell you this, but it’s in your best interest to keep pressing. Are their operations running in certified U.S. facilities or overseas? Do they even know where your actual data physically resides? It’s also important to ask who owns the equipment the data is stored on – and who holds the keys to your valuable information. Is there a service level agreement (SLA) with your cloud provider? What does it state? What cloud security protections are included? An enterprise class Service Level Agreement for cloud hosting services should spell out these important details, which are the basics of safeguarding your data.

Is the cloud actively managed?

If it’s a public cloud, the answer is probably not. Unmanaged public cloud computing services provide the least security. Sure, you can set up a virtual desktop or virtual server or store your files with just about any cloud provider, but how can you be sure your information is secure? The most secure cloud options for businesses are private cloud solutions that offer far more security features and benefits than public cloud storage options and a rock-solid SLA that clearly identifies and addresses cloud security concerns.

What security measures are in place?

Private cloud hosting for businesses offers a layered cloud security model. The protection of your resources can be achieved with fine-tuned access control, intrusion detection, encryption of data files, network monitoring, comprehensive authentication methods and precise identity management. Make sure the cloud’s security model keeps your crucial information safe and a detailed SLA guarantees quick access to your data and a quick response time for technical issues. Most importantly, beware of public cloud computing shared resource pools: Processors, memory and disk space should be defined and dedicated to your company and not shared among multiple tenants.

What’s included with a cloud solution?

While larger public cloud providers are known for employing bulk, inexpensive, unmanaged cloud services, it’s better to go with an enterprise private cloud solution provider that can quickly and easily answer your most important security questions. Make sure the service includes a robust suite of security features, including managed firewall intrusion detection, gateway and proxy services, data encryption, monitoring and 24/7 engineering support. Your data deserve nothing less.

Have a question of your own about Diverse Technology Solutions’ top-tier enterprise private cloud computing security services? Contact us or call at 631-224-1200.

 

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