Cloud Computing: Ensuring Integrity for Your Enterprise Data

By Sean Martin  |  Posted 01-31-2011 Print Email
The most significant challenge that remains for enterprises considering cloud computing is answering the question: How can I trust the cloud provider with my environment and my data?

We can draw parallels between the cloud and the physical data center space in that the same perimeter, system, and data protection mechanisms we've come to rely upon in the physical data center must also be applied to the virtual environment. These include such tools as firewalls, intrusion prevention, anti-malware, and data loss prevention.

However, even with these protections in place, the most significant challenge that remains for enterprises considering cloud computing is answering the question: How can I trust the cloud provider with my environment and my data?

These are factors to consider when operating in the cloud:



 

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