Approaching Cloud Security Concerns


Despite an ever-growing menu of cloud solutions available and its constant development, the cloud in its essence is still mainly about trust.



Despite an ever-growing menu of cloud solutions available and its constant development, the cloud in its essence is still mainly about trust.

Leaving aside all great and undeniable advantages of moving a business to the cloud, security remains one of the biggest challenges and concerns which keeps decision makers awake at night. So before making the big move and selecting the right cloud service provider for your business ask yourself a fundamental question: How secure is their cloud?

Security measures to look for include firewalls, anti-virus detection, multifactor user authentication and data encryption, as well as routine security audits.

User access control is another point of consideration when evaluating potential providers of cloud-based services. Knowing who at the cloud company and at which level will have access to your sensitive data can help you avoid potential cybercriminals or identity thieves.

Providers should also be able to answer questions about compliance with government legislations specific for the business you are in. Keep in mind that you will be ultimately responsible for the security and integrity of your own data, even when it is held by a service provider. According to Gartner’s Assessing the Security Risks of Cloud Computing report, cloud computing providers who refuse to undergo this scrutiny are "signaling that customers can only use them for the most trivial functions".

No two clouds are the same and the level of cloud security depends on many factors, among which skills, efforts and expertise are the most fundamental. A skilled security team will apply controls at each connection point to establish an accustomed ‘end-to-end’ infrastructure which is not prone to breaches, assuring your transition to the cloud safe and seamless.

Penta is a Swiss private cloud-based information system management company specializing in the financial sector and other sensitive industries that require high reliability, data security, regulatory compliance and ensured business continuity.
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