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In the cloud model, data is transmitted between and among connected data centers and a diverse array of clients: mobile phones, desktops, laptops, tablets, etc. While the cloud service provider has no control over the security mechanisms put in place by the vendors of these devices, the cloud provider can ensure that no client ever opens a hole in your firewall with any externally accessible port, communicates with any non-authenticated source, or stores cached credential information in an unencrypted format. This will close three of the most common attack vectors.

In addition, it is possible to protect user data on mobile devices by using AES-256 encryption for data during transmission and while stored on the mobile device, and to provide mobile apps that use app-specific PINs in addition to any phone password.

There is no question that businesses can benefit from moving data to the cloud. The cloud is elastic and efficient. It can improve user productivity and unburden IT staff, saving time and money. It can accommodate anything from simple file sharing to mission-critical data backup. The question is, just how secure is your cloud? And how do you know?

There are major differences among cloud providers in their approach to security and their use of security technologies, processes, and personnel. These differences can have a major impact on the availability, integrity, accessibility, privacy, and compliance of your data — and can directly impact your business.

This slideshow provides a list of questions, developed by Syncplicity, that you should ask any prospective cloud provider, whether that is your internal IT department or a third-party cloud service provider.


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