How to Keep Your Cloud Technologies Secure

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Consider the Consequences

Consider the different ways a loss event would impact your organization.

It's not uncommon to see headlines of a successful hack or data breach in today's world. In fact, between hacktivism, the rapid adoption of cloud systems by the enterprise, and the utilization of increasing complex systems and expansive supplier ecosystems, data breaches are more likely than ever before. Therefore, it's invaluable to take the time to deliberately plot the different ways a data loss event would impact your company, customers, service offering, stockholders, or business partners, and then prepare for those events.

The exposure of data can do everything from simply creating embarrassment for your company to inciting a damaging loss of public confidence in your enterprise. A loss might put your organization under the scrutiny of legislative or regulatory entities. You'll want to know what specific scenarios may affect you and how, and the various legal or regulatory consequences. Identifying and managing all of this as you go is not a strategy. Plan for a loss before it occurs – plan ahead now.

The jury is no longer out about the cloud. What was once regarded as a misunderstood buzzword about our increased reliance on the Internet, is now a critical puzzle piece for any successful and innovative 2015 enterprise business strategy. According to a recent survey, software-as-a-service adoption in organizations has more than quintupled, moving from just 13 percent to an astounding 72 percent in 2014 alone. While adoption and implementation is rapidly increasing, there are important practices and truths every organization should keep in mind in order to make the most out of their cloud strategy and, most importantly, keep their cloud technologies secure.

Before we begin, it's essential to remember a core governing principle; despite what many may believe, your data always remains your data. Sure, another organization may be tapped to host your data, but regulatory guidance regarding data ownership and protection is increasingly clear across the board: the roles and responsibilities for protecting and managing your data remain with the originating enterprise, regardless of other entities, which may be contracted into a business partnership. Therefore, it's important to assess the risks to your data, including the probability of a breach or the impact of a loss. Just because a loss event hasn't happened yet doesn't mean you have immunity; no organization does.

Based on his experience and conversations with industry peers and experts, MetricStream's David Williamson has identified five tips that can help you keep your organizations' cloud technologies secure.


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