Security in the Cloud, Your Protection May Be Under Your Control


One of the major reasons for the trepidation with moving to the cloud is security. Data security breaches have garnered a lot of attention in the media and rightly so. Breaches are expensive to remedy and, if the breach involved personal identifiable information, a company needs to restore the confidence its customers may have lost because of the breach. This is why before moving to the cloud you need to do your due diligence on the provider to determine the security measures the provider has in place.

Reputable cloud providers will have gone through an information technology security audit such as SSAE 16 (which has replaced the SAS 70), but has your company done the same? The fact is that a company’s data may actually be more vulnerable to a breach than if it was stored in the cloud. After all, data security is ancillary to the business of most companies whereas it is part and parcel to most cloud computing businesses.

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