How to Keep Your Cloud Technologies Secure

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Test Your Network

Test your network for weaknesses – and address them swiftly.

The concept of 'white hat' testing is one that not all enterprises are immediately comfortable with, but it's important to try and negotiate white hat testing with your cloud service providers. Test, test and test – when you think you've tested enough, keep testing. Faith is not a reliable concept in the server room, and it's better to have those seeking vulnerabilities in your network working for you than against you. Some public and consumer facing companies have even "gamified" this process, offering bounties for customers or enthusiasts to successfully identify security vulnerabilities in their product or service. No matter the method, a white hat attack and defense mechanism is a good strategy to consider – and your organization should consider security team recommendations to execute this.

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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