Despite of information security concern around cloud computing, this newly coined technology still continues to gain momentum.
Most of the organizations aren’t holding back on its deployment, but are often daunted with a pertinent question- ‘Is cloud secure?’
According to a leading research firm Gartner, it is believed that cloud computing is filled with security risks.
The analysts and experts are of the opinion that cloud customers should demand for transparency, by averting cloud hosting providers that do not provide comprehensive information about security programs. They should have the relevant information pertaining to the qualifications of policy makers, coders, operators and architects; verification of various risk control processes and related technicalities; ensure appropriate testing to confirm that control levels are functioning as intended.
Cloud computing is picking up traction with organizations, but before you opt for cloud, bear in mind the following security concerns that it entails:
Authorized user access: Get comprehensive information about people that manage your data and the level of access that they have to it. One should also ensure the sensitivity of the data stored on cloud.
Security of data: Ensure that your data is properly encrypted all at times – when it’s on the cloud provider’s server, while in access by cloud based applications and even when in transit. The providers should securely dispose your data by deleting the encryption key.
Safe data transfer: Make sure that your data travels on a safe channel. You should always connect your browser to the service provider through a URL that begins with ‘https’. The data should always be properly encoded and authenticated with industry standard protocols such as Internet Protocol Security, that are designed to protect the Internet traffic.
Protected software interfaces: As a cloud user, you should have knowledge about the software interfaces or API’s that are used for interacting with cloud services. A weak set of interfaces and API’s make your organization vulnerable to various security issues such as integrity, confidentiality, availability and accountability.
So make sure that you address the above mentioned security concerns with the hosting provider before delivering your business critical data to its servers and applications.