One of the most common worries about heading to the cloud is the constant concern of “is my data safe?” A very logical thing to be concerned with, especially when you’re used to having your data storage and computing system ten feet away from you. Above anything, it’s important to trust in your cloud provider, that they will keep up with regulations and meet your needs. If you do not feel secure in them, then move on.
You need to be able to depend on the provider you’re working with. In order to reap benefits from the cloud, end-users need to feel secure about where their company information is being stored. Enter cloud security alliance (CSA), a non-profit whose mission is to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. Whether you are choosing a cloud provider that will hold your hand through the process, or a self-service agreement, learning the rules cloud hosting companies must follow will give you a better piece of mind as to how safe your data really is.
Since last year CSA has been working to decrease the need for disaster recovery situations and improve IT security. On top of researching the latest needs in cloud computing security, they also provide tools for training, certifications, and lists companies affiliated with them. As an end-user, you can use them as a tool to check up on how your cloud provider is doing with complying to security regulations.
Although CSA is making strides at improving security in the cloud, there are still some doubts as to how secure the cloud actually is. With constant worry, comes constant reassurance:
“Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or off quickly as needed. Like at the water company, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure the service provided is safe, secure and available on a 24/7 basis. When the tap isn’t on, not only are you saving water, but you aren’t paying for resources you don’t currently need.” Explained Vivek Kundra, CIO in Obama administration.
CSA is a great resource for anyone concerned with cloud security, whether it’s to learn more about what to look for in a cloud provider or just to give you a piece of mind, be sure to check them out!