The computing world is moving to ‘as-a-Service’ model – where products, tools and technologies are delivered to users as a service over a network -- typically the internet -- rather than provide locally or on-site within an enterprise. It can be accessed at any time, generally on a subscription basis.
Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, Salesforce, Intuit and Shopify are just some of the big-name examples of companies who have moved to an SaaS model.
But the move to providing services (and storage) over a network – that is, cloud computing – has reinforced the need for robust cybersecurity practices. Ideally, cloud security should be a shared responsibility between your IT department or provider, the business itself, and the cloud provider. But where there are gaps ,there are vulnerabilities.
Here are some tips to ensure your cloud computing experience remains a safe one!
Create Internal Alignment Between IT and Other Departments
It’s important for your IT department to be connected to other internal departments and lines of business. Why? Because it’s important for both parties to understand the various types of data being generated and saved in the cloud.
This information is necessary to create and execute a cohesive and comprehensive cloud security strategy.
Delegate and Centralize Cloud Control
When evaluating your organization’s cloud security, it’s important that there are clearly defined roles and a clear sense of accountability. A centralized model is one of the simplest and most effective ways to establish and maintain that accountability – whether it’s a dedicated third party or defined internal team.
Don’t Rush into SaaS Adoption
For a number of reasons, there’s often pressure from internal parties to quickly adopt and implement SaaS applications. However, there are a number of factors that need to be carefully evaluated before doing so. For example, migration to the new platform, new document management protocols, and how to handle mobile access and BYOD.
Security implementations are another aspect of SaaS adoption that need to be evaluated, especially in how the applications integrate into your cloud solution. You may discover that they create new vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.
Push Your Cloud Provider on Security
It’s important that you discuss security with your cloud provider to find out what measures are available (and recommended) for your company. The size of your organization, the SaaS applications being used, and the nature of the data being stored should all weigh in on recommended solutions.
For example, single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, and even proactive event monitoring for suspicious activity on your cloud may be warranted – or even different measures for different departments. Either way, your cloud provider should be able to explain these options and recommend solutions that align with your company’s goals.
A Cloud Solutions Expert Can Prove Invaluable
If you’re wondering how to best incorporate “as-a-Service” and cloud computing into your organization, Discovernet can help!
Our team of experts can ensure your business experiences a smooth migration to the cloud no matter the goal, whether it’s the adoption of Platform-as-a-Service (Paas), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas) and/or Software-as-a-Service (Saas). And we’ll be with you every step of the way, addressing concerns about cloud security, cloud stability, and issues around data ownership.
We can advise you on developing a cloud solution that meets the needs of your business, whether it’s based on out-of-the-box public cloud services, custom-built private cloud services, or a hybrid cloud service model that incorporates both.