Strategizing for success: Avoiding risks with cloud transitions
Leveraging the cloud is an option that more businesses are adopting to retain an edge on infrastructure offerings. In addition to it's primary features that provide enhanced storage and flexibility, as well as a reduction in computing costs, this solution has made it possible for companies to consider new potential for growth and advancement within their markets. According to CSO, however, there are disadvantages in how cloud providers secure data.
The potential strategy risks when deploying a cloud option
One of the primary concerns among business owners is the lack of transparency regarding risks with how cloud providers present their solutions. According to the source, unless it is made readily available to the consumer, much of the provider's statistics regarding its security practices are difficult to ascertain. Additionally, as cloud solutions usually replace or combine with an association's infrastructure on a very comprehensive scale, the threat of outages and continuity of service is intensified when businesses lose direct control over their data.
Therefore, the source recommended determining which information is worth risking in a third-party database. If there is content that should be regulated in-house to maintain continuity, then decision makers should either retain that data in an on-premises solution or further safeguard themselves with advanced database administration solutions. This strategy connects cloud-enhanced data to remote database experts, who assist with the governance and categorization of a company's digital assets.
Cyberattacks: Ways that data can be compromised
CSO reported in another article that the act of forwarding unencrypted data to the cloud provider could leave it open for cyberattack along the way. In lieu of risk assessment, information can be compromised in the transfer process by malware that seeks to intercept a company's sensitive credentials as it's being delivered or accessed remotely. By encrypting this information, either on-premises or through a third-party application connected to the provider, businesses can better control who is privy to it.
The source noted that for any of these provider-given applications to function optimally, a section of the data must be visible to the owner. It's for this reason that decision makers need to consider which section of data is non-essential in terms of operational value.
Businesses moving to the cloud are responsible for the transfer, but once it's there, data administration experts and the providers are prepared to provide an extra layer of defense for their customers.
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