Cloud Providers – Addressing Security Concerns

Cloud providers often get a bad rap; IT professionals sometimes see the cloud as an insecure means of having applications and data residing outside their own data centers. Security should absolutely be a concern whenever sensitive data is involved, and that concern can be heightened when considering cloud services that operate outside your corporate firewall.  EarthLink Business wants you to be assured that these concerns are all taken care of with our services, and give you questions to ask while considering any provider.

Companies have been outsourcing services and technology for years. Just because companies may give up some control to the hosting provider when moving to a cloud environment, it does not mean they have to compromise on security. By asking the simple questions below, your company can build a trusting relationship with the cloud provider you are considering working with.

  1. How is data encrypted when stored in the cloud infrastructure?
  2. What logical and physical access controls are in place?
  3. Is the cloud infrastructure fully redundant?
  4. How well are cloud applications protected?

Ask these questions so you can understand the complexity of where your data may live. Consider only moving a couple less critical applications to the Cloud first, so you can start building that trusting relationship with the Cloud provider before deciding to go all in.

Also to help, The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a set of guidelines to help you manage security in the cloud. Use these guidelines to help compile a list of requirement questions before selecting a Cloud provider:

  • Carefully plan the security and privacy aspects of cloud computing solutions before implementing them.
  • Understand the public cloud computing environment offered by the cloud provider.
  • Ensure that a cloud computing solution—both cloud resources and cloud-based applications—satisfy organizational security and privacy requirements.
  • Maintain accountability over the privacy and security of data and applications implemented and deployed in public cloud computing environments.

The benefits of Cloud computing can help you cut IT infrastructure costs, provide new services to customers and streamline business processes, so don’t hesitate to take advantage due to security concerns. Contact your EarthLink representative today and start asking the right questions!