Handling Data Security in the Hybrid Cloud

Handling Data Security in the Hybrid Cloud

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.

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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.

6. Encryption
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.

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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.

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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.

At Breeze Telecom we have a solution to all your cloud requirements, be it hybrid, private or public. Based in California, we cater to both medium and small sized enterprises. We strive to add ease to implementation and management of IT services. Breeze Telecom has acquired a strong base in the IT services market place. From AWS/Azure, WAN/ to mobility data solutions, we cater to the technological needs of all enterprises.

Reasons Why Your Organization Should Move to Private Cloud Computing

Reasons Why Your Organization Should Move to Private Cloud Computing

When your organization plans to adopt cloud computing, you generally think of public cloud. It is offered by many big companies these days. But if you opt for public cloud then you will have to share your infrastructure or applications through the internet with millions of users across the world. Some organizations cannot move directly to public cloud due to various security and other reasons. Thus, they have the option of private cloud. A Private Cloud Computing allows any organization to build the infrastructure on their own by using their personal servers or they can also involve a third party to build the server for them.

  1. Private cloud computing saves your time and money: Private cloud not only offers you complete security and many virtualization benefits. But, it is also cheap and is a stress-free process as compared to buying dedicated servers or buying your own servers. Your company can very easily benefit from virtualization if it has two servers, and from providing cloud with various host servers if it has more than 10 servers.
  2. More reliability: Private cloud offers that reliability level, which public or shared cloud often lacks. The Private cloud offers improved services that are supported by more reliable and acceptable network backbones.
  3. More security: As the private cloud belongs to a single organization, so the infrastructure and system are capable of providing the high level of security.
  4. Virtual servers joint with a SAN allow for better safety against disasters: When SAN is connected to your private cloud then it can do wonders for your organization. Apart from balancing servers for you, it can also help you to shut down one server. In case you own more than one and that too without any interruption. You can also perform other activities without any interruption like replacing a hard drive, updating software etc.
  5. Improves performance: Usually private cloud is arranged inside the firewall of the company’s intranet, so you experience effective and improved network performance.
  6. Improves resource management by fully utilizing your hardware: Virtualization uplifts the value of your physical server software. In spite of owning many servers that average 10% CPU utilization with virtualization, you can virtualize all these servers on a single physical server. This way it becomes easier for you to manage and also power usage gets reduced. If you have an organized and proper resource management tools available on your server then you can very easily a lot the suitable resources to a server when it is required. You may also turn off idle servers at the time of low usage.
  7. Easy customization: Under the private cloud, the hardware and all other resources can be customized easily by the company as per its needs and changes in technology.
  8. Better flexibility: Private cloud computing helps you to transfer resources in few seconds without worrying about finding a physical server, which will have the accurate resources for your new server requirement.

Apart from offering virtualized and combined computer resources benefits, private cloud also helps an organization in maintaining the reliability and security of a dedicated server. If managed properly, private cloud computing can prove to be very economical and beneficial process.

If you have any query related to private cloud services or adoption of private cloud then you can contact us at breeze-telecom.

Ensure Safety of Cloud Computing Solutions on Choosing SaaS

Ensure Safety of Cloud Computing Solutions on Choosing SaaS

With the ever-increasing pace of businesses, organizations are rapidly moving to the Cloud to stay at par with their competitors. This has led to many companies adopting Software as a Service. Although this move comes with a bundle of benefits, you need to be doubly sure that your service provider is meeting the security needs as well. The major apprehensions regarding SaaS model are related to lack of visibility about the manner in which the data is going to be stored and secured. While architecting SaaS applications, the following security considerations need to be kept in mind to ensure complete safety of sensitive data:

Get the Basics Right- Start by Choosing the correct SaaS provider

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Since a huge share of cloud-based software, security is handed over to the SaaS provider, it becomes imperative to choose one wisely. It is always better to opt for services that ensure password-protection and limited access to sensitive data. Any sort of data encryption facility is an add-on. Before signing the contract, enquire about where the data is going to be stored and what are the backup & recovery provisions. Ask for references and get in touch with the customers that your vendor has served previously to get a thorough reality check. You can also investigate the vendor’s responses to security-related incidents in the past for greater clarity.

Draft an Unambiguous Cloud Computing Policy

This policy is intended to specify who all are authorized to access the software and for what purposes. You can manage the way employees access the software and pre-define the circumstances under which this can be done. For instance, you can specify it in the Cloud Computing Policy that whether you wish to allow users to access the system using their personal laptops or mobile devices.

Refrain from Putting Highly Sensitive Data onto the System

Most of the organizations opt for cloud-based SaaS to allow integration of applications and ensuring a centralized user experience for different functions. Still, it is not recommended to put highly sensitive data, including personal or proprietary, to be shifted entirely onto the system. It is always better to store ultra-sensitive data on your local server.

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Security Controls Should be Monitored Regularly

It is crucial to audit the security controls from time to time, in order to prevent security breaches. SaaS audits can be performed according to different standards according to the type of application you are using. You can ask the vendor to hire a trustworthy third party to perform the audit and provide you with the results. In addition, you can have a small internal audit team to monitor software implementations on a regular basis.

Take Ample Internet Security Measures

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The SaaS provider has the primary responsibility of providing data security but you still need to be cautious at your end. Standard internet security measures like deploying an antivirus software and sufficiently strong passwords are a bare minimum requirement from your side. Apart from this, you can ask the vendor to take ample measures for protection against system virus and cyber attacks. A good measure is ensuring that a tested copy of your systems is held in isolation from your live systems to prevent potential virus infection. This can be done through a third party provider who can guarantee complete isolation of your live systems.

Also, in the case of a cyber attack, your SaaS provider’s bandwidth might get restricted, rendering your IT systems unavailable for months too. You can ensure that this does not happen with your firm by having a secondary means of running your system on an independent platform.

To leverage the many benefits offered by SaaS providers you need to be a bit diligent on your part for adequate protection of the ‘cloud’ and preventing any unplanned interruptions to the business.