The biggest advantage of cloud storage is that it not only allows users to access files anytime, anywhere but readily syncs them to enable sharing and co-authoring of the documents with ease. This advantage, however, makes it susceptible to security threats and attacks. Statistics reveal, that most organizations find cloud storage to be the riskiest. This acts as a barrier to the adoption of cloud technology.
How does one ensure, if a cloud storage provider is reliable and can manage the data of his enterprise with safety? Well, there appears no one-size-fits-all cloud storage solution. Every enterprise has different requirements, and such requirements should reflect when opting for the cloud provider of choice. Security nevertheless should remain a top criterion for consideration. The following guidelines may help you to a large extent.
Security features for an Enterprise Cloud Storage Solution
We will follow somewhat a different approach here. Apart from features that make the use of service easy and secure, we should look out for the one that has the following red flags—and avoid them completely. Here’s a list!
Exit Strategy for Cloud Storage
When you are dissatisfied with a service, you may want to exit. However, exiting a Cloud services contract and switching to another provider can make the process expensive since. So make sure, your service provider is service compliant and includes an exit mechanism as a part of a general risk strategy.
Before signing any contract with a cloud service provider, have the following information about it at hand:
1. Recent downtime
If a no-name company is offering a great price, make sure to investigate testimonials because it raises a red flag.
The cloud service provider whose service you intend to use should make clear commitments about the kind of security infrastructure it has, where your data will reside or be stored and the underlying technology to handle/manage it in a secure environment. All this information and other relevant information should be mentioned explicitly in the service agreement as this is a mark of transparency. Also, find a service with a strong privacy statement, one that doesn’t give permission for that service to browse your files.
HTTPS is an application-level protocol for secure communication over a computer network that is widely used on the Internet. Sites not encrypted with HTTPS allow for easy interception of login credentials. If your login credentials are easily discoverable, hackers can have access to them. So, be sure to check if the cloud service provider uses ‘HTTPS’ protocol.
Industry certifications and compliance standards deliver an assessment of a service provider based on industry knowledge. Obtaining industry certifications generally demonstrates a provider’s capabilities and often serves as proof of reliable security. So, when you are looking for a cloud service provider, ensure certifications such as ISO and standards like HIPAA, FERPA, FISMA, SSAE 16, and PMI are met.
All these parameters can serve as an objective way of comparing each cloud service provider and therefore help you in making an informed decision, says Microsoft.
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