Storing Data in the Public Cloud: Best Practices

Storing Data in the Public Cloud: Best Practices

Storing data in the Public Cloud can be both convenient and cost-effective for SMEs. However, shared access to stored information can sometimes be of concern. In order to help address some of these concerns, we share tips on the kind of data that would be appropriate to store in the Public Cloud followed by some tested measures to ensure security.

Data suitable for Public Cloud storage

It is best to store data and applications that do not need highly specialized and customized IT infrastructure in the Public cloud. For instance, Public Cloud is an excellent choice for shared documents and files, webmail and CRM applications.

Some regulated industries have highly sensitive and confidential data, including hospitals, government, financial institutions, and police departments. For such entities, a hosted private cloud is a suitable option. On the other hand, Public Cloud is in great demand from unregulated industries such as media or retail.

Measures to protect publicly stored data

Users must be vigilant when storing data in the Public Cloud and can follow some measures to mitigate the risks:

  1. Create Backup Plans: Establish proper back-up and recovery mechanisms to avoid crises, and ensure business continuity in the event of a downtime
  2. Accessibility: Enterprises must enforce a strong administrative/ corporate policy on IT and data use and distribution. They must also create strong passwords and regularly update softwares to avoid system vulnerabilities
  3. Authentication and Encryption: Users must ensure that data is encrypted and authentication mechanisms are established to ensure access to data is controlled
  4. Security systems: Users should ensure their service provider has the necessary security hardware and software installed to protect user data
  5. SLAs: Users should also make sure that their services provider follows security standards, processes and procedures. Customers should also ask for information concerning processes followed by the cloud provider as well as service level agreements (SLAs)
  6. Enforce Internal Policies: Internal policies should outline access and permissions to the Public Cloud, applications and key information so as to create compliance and monitor usage

at 04/23/2018, 13:04pm

Updated: at 04/24/2018, 11:20am

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