Security Points to Consider When Moving to the Cloud
Thursday March 17, 2011
Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing hosting solutions. In order to get the most out of your Cloud, you have to make sure you have a quality cloud provider that provides strong cloud security solutions. It is important to understand how the cloud service works. You need to talk to your cloud provider about how your applications work on a local network as well as how resources will be managed. Your cloud provider will help you understand the services that will be in place when you first move to the cloud which includes securing the cloud.
Cloud security should be a high priority. You need to address your security issues with your cloud provider, what services they provide, and what is expected from you to ensure comprehensive cloud security. You should find out what technologies and processes are in place and how security will be managed, including upgrades.
The three cloud security aspects you should discuss with your cloud provider include:
Digital Security: Ask your cloud provider how you are digitally protected. It is important that the provider has effective information security controls. You need to find out how the data is stored. For instance, there should be an encryption process to protect sensitive data because with public cloud environments you will have multi-tenancy. As well, you should find out who will be maintaining security backup of data. It is beneficial to have a cloud provider that has their own backup technology.
It is important to find out about network security management such as firewalls, SOC, and IDS/IPS operations. Your cloud provider should have a staff that monitors your cloud for security threats. As well, the cloud provider should have a SIEM for attack information and an audit trail for investigations after a security threat occurs. The Cloud provider should also have regular vulnerability scans and audit the network regularly.
Physical Security: Your cloud provider should have a data center that has dedicated on-site security 24/7/365. The provider should also do extensive back ground checks when hiring their employees. The data center should have such security protection as fire suppression technology, temperature control, and humidity control.
Compliance: It is important that the cloud provider follows all of the compliance mandates. You have to make sure they provide protection against security breaches and learn about their protocols in the event of a security breach. You should also find out their policy regarding using a third party for providing certain components of their cloud service.
When you consider all of the elements that are involved with securing the cloud environment, you will be more at ease knowing that your information is protected. Adopting best security practices will help you protect your cloud from security threats. Consulting with your cloud provider about security issues should be one of those practices.
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