Cloud privacy and security; Is your company’s policy ready for the future?
Innovative technologies such as Cloud allows companies to achieve more. It offers many new opportunities and innovations for businesses to grow, experiment, create and cooperate. However, besides being a good friend, it has its security concerns as well. In today’s business we are all connected and share more (sensitive) data.
This is why it is essential such a new technology is able to keep company data safe and secure. Protecting company’s information by creating a secured internal and external communication environment or maintaining the right security policy are parts of any successful business.
Many companies claim to have strict security and privacy policies but still use standard email or other insecure solutions for confidential communication. This is why data such as customer details, contracts, private financial information, sales figures or presentation material are often leaving the company without any control. Protecting this data is one of the biggest assets in running a long lasting business.
Cloud Privacy is less scary than you assumed
Many organizations depend on confidential, sensitive or personal information to conduct business. As these organizations move to the Cloud it creates challenges, because of its difficulty to determine where data is located and who has access to this data.
Yet privacy concerns within the Cloud are not new. Handling privacy issues regarding Cloud data storage do not differ from storing data on a server. Both need adequate controls and benchmarks for how they protect data at rest or during processing.
A company policy may exclude external providers from managing confidential company data. This could include Cloud providers as well. There might be a perception that data on your desktop or physical server is safer than a public Cloud. The reality is that it is probably not, unless an organization is taking unusual technical and procedural precautions.
Choosing the right Cloud environment requires fully understanding of the Cloud provider’s privacy governance and the security guidelines from which they operate. For more information regarding this topic, follow our Twitter and LinkedIN company page.