Cloud computing is extensively used by enterprises and individuals and it continues to grow but the issue of security still looms large. Insecure interfaces, API’s and account hijackings still give nightmares to cloud service providers. And, this is why understanding how to select the right cloud provider for your business in terms of security is extremely important.
Public clouds are considered insecure because they offer multiple server instances on the same hardware. In addition, users have very little control on public clouds that makes it susceptible to attacks and data loss is a concern. Private clouds on the other hand do provide a good amount of security as the complete control of the cloud is in the hands of the organization or agencies. Whichever cloud you opt for, make sure to follow the security tips we have listed below in this article.
Cloud Security – Making the right choice
Location of your data – This is one of the important aspects of security and you should always know the data centre where your data is stored. This is given by all providers and helps when you want to terminate the service or in worst cases, the cloud provider goes out of business. In a public cloud, it is difficult to know the exact location as the hardware is shared, whereas in a private cloud data location is very distinct as the hardware is dedicated. This feature alone goes a long way in your data security and should be reviewed comprehensively.
Know the right data centre – Once you know where your data will be stored, you should always review the applicable security features they will offer. The data centre should be SSAE 16 or SAS 70 audited and the clients should be HIPAA or PCI certified. Most reputed cloud service companies offer firewalls, intrusion detection, antivirus and other security softwares. Choosing such a reputed provider will take care of every security concern of your company.
Data Backup – While addressing cloud security, data backup in a secure environment is often the overlooked aspect. Good reputed cloud companies apart from firewalls, anti-viruses etc. provide data encryptions of the highest levels. This is one aspect of data security, which will not only save your data but your business too.
Comprehensive Testing – Testing a cloud by employing an ethical hacker and analysing the vulnerabilities within the cloud is a good way in choosing the right company. Testing the cloud is important because it will store all your sensitive data and any kind of unauthorized access will make the chosen cloud insecure. Testing should be done on a continual basis not just when you are deciding.
All these tips will help you evaluate the security of your cloud service provider. It is always better to invest on safe environments than vulnerable ones, as companies provide assurances but fail to guarantee it. The private cloud always wins over a public cloud in terms of security, so considering all these tips will surely help you make the right choice.
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