For many companies today, the prospect of moving operations to the cloud is both exciting and nerve-wracking. While businesses want to reap the many benefits that using these solutions can provide, from greater agility to significant cost savings, they may see the potential for security issues and shy away. Fortunately, by using the right strategies as well as leveraging the assistance of remote database experts, it is possible to gain these advantages without all the risk.
Maintaining compliance in the cloud
According to The Guardian, organizations may be able to boost their security in the cloud by spending more time and effort getting prepared. The source cited a study from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which showed that there has been a tenfold increase in data breaches in the United Kingdom during the past five years, and in a separate survey by Ernst & Young, results showed that just 38 percent of firms are using sufficient security strategies. For this reason, it is critical that companies take a few simple steps to reduce the potential for compromise.
The news provider emphasized that especially when working in the cloud, leaders must have a deep understanding of who is accessing sensitive information and how. During this "discovery stage" of getting protected, The Guardian advised accounting for users' work habits and determining which data is most critical to safeguard.
After this insight is gained, businesses can begin putting their new knowledge to work. Encryption technologies should be used to scramble sensitive information into unusable formats, while encryption keys should be secured by the organization itself. Other data protection solutions should be implemented as well, including backup services and malware detection. However, these technologies cannot be truly effective without comprehensive policies in place. Users should understand the importance of compliance and what they can do to maintain it, and these guidelines can be formed with the help of remote database experts.
Cloud solutions are only going to become more important. A recent study from Strategy Analytics forecast that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, which relies on cloud technologies to give workers anytime, anywhere access to information, is continuing its growth. In fact, North America's BYOD volume increased by 18 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013.
For businesses to remain competitive, they must transition to the cloud. But they don't have to do it alone. With remote database experts at their side, companies can safely improve their operations through emerging IT solutions.
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