Unlike our competitors, the Krantz Secure Technologies team is perfectly frank in discussing the risks associated with cloud computing. Why? Because we want YOU to have all of the information necessary to make the best decision for your company!
There are some things you should consider when it comes to cloud risk assessment.
Cloud computing is dependent on the availability of your internet service. – This risk is significantly reduced today by the availability of more high-quality commercial grade internet service providers, and maintaining a backup internet connection. Equally important, is to be sure the cloud provider you are using has invested adequately in internet service redundancy and capacity.
Cloud computing puts your data in the hands of the cloud provider and their security protocols. – This is a valid concern, and before you choose any cloud provider, you need to find out more information about where your data will be stored, how secure their site is, how it’s encrypted, who has access, and how you can get your data back.
Cloud computing can present some operational problems for some Line of Business Applications. – Some legacy applications may not be compatible with specifications for the virtual workstations being offered. They may not support the legacy specialized printers and scanners you are using. Very compute-intensive applications like CAD drawing applications may not perform properly unless specialized hardware is available from the cloud provider to improve performance.
Cloud computing can complicate compliance issues. – There are a number of laws and regulations such as HIPAA, SEC/FINRA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and Sarbanes-Oxley that require companies to control and protect their They must certify that they have knowledge and control over who can access the data, who sees it, and how/where it is stored. These compliance issues must be thoroughly investigated before committing to a cloud provider.
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