How to Cope with Compliance Issues When Moving Your Enterprise to Private Cloud Hosting

When companies plan to move their existing IT services to a private cloud, security and compliance issues can seem a bit daunting.  However, a move to the right cloud-based system with a respectable cloud hosting provider could actually reduce your compliance exposure.  A private cloud does not have a public address and is connected directly into your existing corporate network via a secure connection, such as a VPN (Virtual Private Network).  Therefore, only people inside your corporate network can access those services.

If your cloud service provider is flexible and will work with you on the connection, security, and monitoring, and authentication of applications in your cloud solution, the polices that you already have in place for protecting your data, authenticating user access, and distributing content can be used as they are.  Therefore, your company can receive the benefits of a private cloud without giving up security.

In fact, the only major thing that changes when you move to private cloud hosting is the location of where your content is being stored.  If your company is like most enterprises, then you probably already have data being stored in several different locations – remote servers, backups, mobile devices, laptops, etc.  The advantage of having a reputable private cloud provider is that you will always know where your data is being stored.

Your cloud hosting provider will be able to demonstrate the specific systems they have in place to ensure that your content is protected from unauthorized access.  If the location of the data center, backup systems, customer service, etc. meets the requirements of your business, moving to private cloud hosting could easily enhance your compliance.

At Atlantic.Net, our data center in Orlando is fully audited and SSAE 16 (SOC 1) TYPE II certified.  Our hosting operations are routinely and systematically inspected.  We focus particularly on control objectives in the areas of organizational structure, governance, administration, physical/environmental regulations, and physical/logical security.  Rest assured, your system is secure with hosting solutions from Atlantic.Net.