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Here’s How You Can Keep Your Data Safe in the Cloud

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This article was originally published at Cloud Management Insider.

Organizations are thriving to leverage best in class cloud solutions. Cloud computing has numerous use cases that have been helpful for the majority of enterprises. One such use case is storage, yes cloud storage. The majority of organizations are using cloud at least for storage combining with other solutions to drive digital transformation. Cloud is perceived as virtual storage, which makes it more vulnerable.

The hackers have all the eyes on cloud storage. This makes it crucial to stay alert all the time and cloud users need to implement certain practices in order to secure their respective cloud storage even before start using one.

The cloud service providers offer end-to-end cloud storage security. It is how cloud storage services are used that presents a risk to many organizations. Recently, there has been an increase in headlines involving data breaches due to compromised credentials. There have been cases where huge volumes of cloud storage made publicly accessible by storage. Many of these security breaches would have happened if the organizations implemented or paid attention to basic cloud storage practices.

The breaching methods are becoming advanced day by day, but it is the organization’s responsibility to give the hackers a hard time getting into their system. So, let’s dig in the best practices that every user needs to implement while opting for and using cloud storage:

Explore all the options

Please don’t assume that AWS and Azure are the only cloud storage providers. When you are researching cloud storage solutions go all the way, analyze your use case, and the solutions available in the market. The users assume that the giant cloud providers are the only players when it comes to data storage, backup, and disaster recovery.  

Opt for customized SLAs

It is your data in the cloud storage, you should make sure that everything is and will remain under control. The majority of the cloud providers prefer not to customize SLAs for each customer because it is time and resource consuming. Even if they offer the service to customers, it is at a premium cost. Although users don’t need to accept premium prices without negotiating which depends on your usage of storage and the services offered by cloud providers. But you need to understand that you need customized SLAs to map to your application priorities and what options (if there are any) you have if the SLA fails.

Do security audit of the selected cloud storage provider

You need to go a step ahead to close every possible security loophole. Align a team to research the physical security of your provider’s data centers as well as digital security. Ensure that you have gone through all the data center certifications and security audit history. You know what type of data you are storing in the cloud, so understand accordingly that will the provider be able to fulfill all the requirements. Find answers to the questions like how providers will encrypt data in-flight and at-rest? Or Is there any issue with your applications sending data to the cloud storage?

Ensure compliance is followed by storage services

Cloud is a shared responsibility.” After taking care of all the responsibilities on your part, ensure that your cloud storage provider understands their role in ensuring data security and privacy. There are certain regulatory standards that are essential to follow in order to run a business. Make sure you write regulatory compliance and governance measures into your SLAs.  

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