The issue of security within a cloud server environment may no longer be the issue it once was, but it never hurts to be cautious when incorporating preventative measures into your business strategy. Here are some guidelines for maximizing the stability and security of your information within the cloud.
One of the biggest challenges that Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are facing today is learning how to define the appropriate control measures to classify and secure data entering the cloud. There isn’t an official set of rules regarding what information to put in the cloud and what data to leave on a local hard drive, so the details can be pretty ambiguous.
Generally, it is best to view the cloud as a separate environment out of your organization’s control. Your data and applications may not necessarily be protected against malicious attacks to your cloud server. So, it would be best to store very sensitive information, such as tax documentation, employee information and other human resources-‐related documents on a secure local drive.
Different providers may interpret the cloud in different ways: some may build state-‐ of-‐the-‐art redundant data centers with appropriate security measures while others may build a server on a shelf on a dirty porch. Do your research before you make any agreements with a provider: tour the facilities, read the fine print and talk to others to gain their impressions.
When it comes to the security of your sensitive information, it is best to be extremely cautious. If it’s personally identifiable, don’t put it in the cloud! If the provider isn’t willing to show you where your server is located, don’t use them! Use rational judgment and your information will remain safe and sound.