The Pros and Cons of Cloud Security: Part 1

On February 16, 2012, in Cloud Computing, Security, by Social Media

The advantages of storing information in the cloud are extensive. Backing up important data, freeing up space on your servers, and having your information easily available to your staff are only a few. If you have been considering this route, you almost certainly have many questions about the security of the cloud. If your company handles sensitive information that belongs to your customers you may need to stay compliant with HIPAA, PCI or Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.

It can be challenging to tell if your cloud storage solution follows these requirements, as many don't specify in their privacy policies. To help you navigate these difficult waters, let's consider this topic in more detail below.


Compliance

More and more companies are turning to the cloud for storage. For obvious reasons, it is a very economical approach to take. However, improper handling of your client’s information can harm your reputation and result in a loss of business for your company. If your company mandates that client data be handled in a regulated way, you must first learn how secure the cloud service is and what regulations does the cloud service providers comply with. If a company has not specifically said they comply with certain regulations, it’s safe to assume they don't.

Who is responsible

Whose responsibility is the security of the cloud? It's not currently required that a service provider be specific about their compliance with these regulations. While the safest choice is to assume that if they haven’t clearly stated that they are in compliance in their privacy policy, they are not. This may mean that cloud computing is not for you. However, if your business does not require tight regulations, then the advantages of cloud computing could be a great solution for you. 

Ultimately, as there is no current law that states that companies must divulge how tight their security is, the responsibility is in your hands. You have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage to determine if it’s right for your business. 

 

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