The prices and services offered by cloud infrastructure change so often. However, security should be a big priority in any scenario. Strategies for hybrid cloud platforms must be such that it takes into account continuous movement of data between private and public clouds. Explore here, the six important factors with which your data security strategy will get flexible across all service providers.
1. Service Level Agreement
Clarify from the cloud provider the level of security that you require once you move your assets into the public cloud. You can also inform the provider if you need any restrictions concerning the data, such as storage, encryption or backup. When you sign an agreement make sure you include data flow, data encryption, data privacy etc. Generally, different cloud providers use different standards and tools in each of these areas. It’s better to focus on the outcome rather than the technology.
2. Better data governance
Before finalizing a cloud provider, classify your data into two: that can be kept in the public cloud, and the other that can be moved to the public cloud. This will help you in controlling the most critical data. Always be on the safer side. Keep a backup of your data from the cloud to a third party , whom you trust or to yourself. This can help minimize data loss.
3. Secure communication network
Cloud service providers, usually use public internet to transfer data. This kind of data transmission is insecure. Maintain the security of your data using virtual private network (VPN). There might be additional costs that you might have to spend if the cloud provider uses a specific encryption strategy.
4. Infallible authentication
While working with sensitive data, simple password protection is not sufficient. Other alternatives like one time passwords, bio-metric authentication can be used instead.
5. Application Program Interfaces
APIs allow data administrators to specify which data is available and under what condition and time. Cloud computing has given rise to numerous APIs that enable exchange of data in a secure manner. Using APIs, makes your applications more secure and portable. Prior to signing a contract, specify the APIs you want the cloud provider to support.
It is essential that sensitive data be encrypted at all times. Enquire whether the cloud provider supports the encryption protocol, which you prefer. Let the keys of encryption be kept in your hands and not in the service provider’s.
Why is There Diminishing Faith in Cloud Security?
All major enterprises refuse to stand by the hybrid clouds, even though it offers agility and cost efficiency. Businesses do not have full faith on the security measures employed by the hybrid cloud, and prefer existing internal security over it. They fear that by moving their data onto hybrid cloud, they might lose its confidentiality.
Cloud Security and Open Virtual Private Network
Faith in cloud data security can be restored with the help of an Open Virtual Private network. Open VPN is meant to confer secure and safe data exchange between networks. It uses SSL based encryption for exchanging data between the cloud and the enterprise’s infrastructure. This also supports various ways of authenticating the enterprise and cloud, prior to establishing a safe connection. These include username/password, verifying credentials, smart cards and firewall access restriction policies.
Why is Encryption of data important?
The only solution to protecting your data against eavesdropping, tampering and hacking is via encryption. If the same has to be done on the cloud, then it requires much expenses in terms of configuration and management. Encrypting all the data in the cloud will need a decryption key from the company/enterprise. Intruders will get easy access to the sensitive data, if there is poor configuration of encryption and decryption.
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