External Cloud and Enterprise Security
Security, Compliance and Cloud Transitions
The Cloud wave, now solidly in Phase 2 of its evolution, is no longer experimental or a proof of concept technology. Use cases are well defined and as such, adoption is now commonplace. One of the biggest challenges with cloud computing models is that each comes with different approaches to security and compliance. A broad brush, one-size fits all approach can only spell trouble.
For businesses looking to bridge traditional infrastructure with the external cloud, planning should begin with security and compliance. These are foundational components and should get the same level of consideration when planning your cloud strategy as compute, network, storage, bandwidth and/or subscription licensing. Transitioning to public cloud computing involves a shift in responsibility and control to the cloud provider over information as well as system components that were previously under direct control of the organization. Failure to ensure that a cloud provider meets the appropriate level of regulatory compliance or security standard could ultimately result in higher costs and potential loss of business, eliminating any of the potential benefits of cloud computing. Understanding what your organization is currently doing now goes a long way into making that transition to the cloud.
Cloud service providers publish documentation around regulatory compliance they meet and security practices they employ with their services. A great first step is to research what your prospective cloud provider’s standards and policies are. Below are some helpful links to documentation on cloud security and compliance resources for a few providers to get you started.
- AWS Compliance Information
- AWS Security Information
- Microsoft Azure Trust Center
- Microsoft Office 365 Trust Center
Security and compliance are two foundational considerations for an enterprise that is transitioning to the external cloud. Working with a trusted partner during this transition is a vital component to a smooth changeover. CMI helps organizations safely and confidently leverage secure cloud computing services and solutions. We can design a solution for businesses to extend and apply their own security and compliance policies into the cloud.