7 Data Security Questions to Ask Cloud Providers

Over the past several years, cloud computing has proven itself as a viable business solution - capable of adding agility, scalability and efficiency to organizations of just about any size.

What many don't realize, however, is that the cloud is a solid contender in the cyber security field and - when implemented correctly -  cloud computing solutions can provide organizations with the level of security they couldn't otherwise afford or manage on their own. 

While scores of organizations are already reaping the benefits that the cloud provides, others remain apprehensive about the idea of losing control of their data. What these skeptics often don't realize is that the leading cloud competitors (i.e. Microsoft, AWS) have departments and advanced resources dedicated to keeping their platforms secure, which helps YOU keep your organization's data secure. It is important to note that not all cloud vendors are created equal and when evaluating your options, we urge you to ask the right questions to ensure the provider you choose is doing their part to safeguard their cloud.

Here's a quick review of the top 7 questions: 

  1. How does the provider maintain the confidentiality of your data?
  2. How does the provider maintain the integrity of your data?
  3. How does the provider maintain the availability of your data in regards to data protection?
  4. Who else’s data will be co-mingling with yours?
  5. Does the provider meet compliance standards?
  6. Will your data remain your property alone?
  7. Is the provider you’re considering certified?

To get more detail about these questions, read this new eBook: 7 Data Security Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider

In many cases, cloud computing has the ability to give small and mid-size businesses a "leg up" when it comes to IT security.  But the market is growing and leaves much room for confusion and even, over-spending. An experienced cloud partner can help you conduct a proper assessment of your environment, business needs and compliance requirements, and recommend the solutions that make the most sense for your business and budget. Ultimately, the security of your data is YOUR responsibility - from the policies you put in the place to the technology solutions you use. Due dilligence is necessary to ensure that the technology and partners you choose have your business' best interest in mind. 

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