Key Security Considerations for Enterprise Cloud Deployments

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Government/Industry Regulations

Industry and governmental standards such as HIPAA, EU Data Protection 2.0 regulations, PCI compliance and others require companies to adhere to strict standards when it comes to the handling of "sensitive" data, such as patient health records and user data. Thus, a cloud solution dealing with highly regulated data will need to include stringent design and governance to keep in line with regulations and legal mandates. Depending on the profile of the applications being considered for cloud migration, a detailed checklist of requirements should be developed and maintained to ensure compliance with laws and industry regulations.

Enterprise cloud computing has matured, moving beyond the "what" and the "how" to the "when." Even so, security remains a major concern for organizations considering a move to the cloud. Fortunately, security services and tactics have also matured over the past few years, allowing more and more enterprises to migrate to the cloud.

A review of the enterprise security architecture is an absolute necessity in defining, monitoring and managing enterprise cloud deployments. This includes understanding the current security posture of IT assets, audit and compliance. It also forms the basis of creating security and compliance requirements for mainstream cloud adoption. In this slideshow, Madhavan Krishnan, of IT consulting firm Virtusa Corporation, has identified key security considerations that should be considered when transitioning to the cloud.

 

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