11 Ways to Protect Data in the Cloud

11 Ways to Protect Data in the Cloud

11 Ways to Protect Data in the Cloud11 Ways to Protect Data in the Cloud

A plethora of security breaches and a recent ruling on protecting consumer data make data protection in the cloud more crucial than ever.

Conduct a Cloud Business Risk AssessmentConduct a Cloud Business Risk Assessment

The first step to make informed decisions about the risks and benefits of moving to the cloud is understanding the risk factors that can increase exposure to data theft and insider threats.

Craft Service Level AgreementsCraft Service Level Agreements

To meet your security and regulatory compliance needs, protect your organization’s reputation and liability from data loss (leakage) or abuse. So craft SLAs.

Know How Security Management Roles IntersectKnow How Security Management Roles Intersect

Because control over software is now a purchased service, a process for making edits or updates to security systems or bug fixing can result in challenging business issues if there is a flaw. So map responsibilities for incident response.

Require Validation of Security ControlsRequire Validation of Security Controls

Working with a cloud provider who undergoes regular external security assessments can help you ensure ongoing compliance with agreed-upon data accessibility rules, data center controls and encryption standards.

Review the Disaster Recovery Plan for the CloudReview the Disaster Recovery Plan for the Cloud

Mirrored data and architectural resilience are good fundamentals, but you should also require a real-world demonstration of how the restoration process would work in case of a disaster.

Prioritize Identity ManagementPrioritize Identity Management

Limit unauthorized access to data and applications to establish a sound data protection strategy.

Understand Data Integrity for Critical AssetsUnderstand Data Integrity for Critical Assets

Virtually separating customer’s data while using the same hardware and physical facilities can create compliance and privacy issues that clash with security standards. It helps to understand data integrity for critical assets.

Develop a Data Lifecycle Management ProcessDevelop a Data Lifecycle Management Process

Establish clear data ownership, return and deletion requirements to avoid the risk of losing control of sensitive information. Although having a plan to destroy data in the cloud is critical for information assurance, it is rarely discussed before signing SLAs.

Document Security ProcessesDocument Security Processes

Assign roles and responsibilities to ensure smooth and effective management of security controls and best practices.

Strategize Your Incident ResponseStrategize Your Incident Response

CIOs often focus on technology and forensics and don’t plan their public affairs and communications responses. To avoid loss of customer trust, include a communications and marketing expert in your planning.

Plan Your Exit StrategyPlan Your Exit Strategy

To avoid business disruptions, cloud exit strategies should include technical planning for alternative data hosting, applications and holistic organizational change management strategy.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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