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Top 6 Cloud Computing Security Tips

As anyone in IT will tell you, one of the biggest concerns about using cloud computing solutions is security. The cost benefits of cloud computing are immediate and obvious, and in most cases concerns about performance can be alleviated rather quickly. But security is an entirely different matter, especially if your organization deals with sensitive or critical data that needs to have the tightest possible lid on it.

Here are some concepts to consider when looking at cloud computing security:

•    Utilizing the cloud means rethinking security. You need to think about how you will manage data identity and security between applications in the cloud, for example. In some cases, it requires tweaking of existing processes in order to insure that security in the cloud environment.

•    Cloud computing can actually offer an increase in security for some SMBs. A large cloud provider is likely to have a full-time security department that works at nothing but keeping your sensitive information secure. They have dedicated monitoring and intrusion control systems. Most SMBs don’t have those kinds of dedicated resources. In some cases, moving to the cloud can actually be a way to increase security.

•    You need to hold service providers accountable for security provisioning. Make sure that your security needs are contractually provisioned. If the provider says that your needs can’t be achieved, then you need to look to another provider (or outside of the cloud).

•    There are tools that allow you to examine the security of your data in the cloud. In fact, some cloud providers encourage clients to use these kinds of tools to make sure that contractual obligations are being met.

•    Not every application can or should be secure in the cloud. That doesn’t mean that cloud computing isn’t secure for anything. You should approach use of the cloud on a case-by-case basis, when considering security.

•    If you look hard enough, you can find the kind of security you want in the cloud. There are cloud providers that specialize in securing certain types of client data, such as financial data. As more and more companies move applications to the cloud, these kinds of providers are likely to increase.

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