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Cloud Security Best Practices for Business

Published: January 24, 2013
Greg Pierce is one of the foremost experts on cloud computing trends Read More

Cloud Security Best Practices and Lessons for Business Part #1

Having cloud security best practices in place is critical in order to prevent major data disasters from happening in business. Speaking of security in the cloud and regardless of one’s position on the existence or fallacy of global warming, this fact remains undisputed: storms have increased both in frequency and strength over the past several decades.

Whether the result of normal cyclical changes in weather patterns or due to human activity, it is clear that the climate is changing. What is less clear is if critical infrastructure can handle the “new normal.” Has your organization proactively made provisions and does it have cloud security best practices in place to protect your vital business data and processes in the event of a natural disaster?

Protecting Your Business in the Security of a Cloud Environment

Losing power, sustaining damage or temporary facility closure due to hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, flooding (or even a construction worker cutting power lines) will not result in the loss of data or other critical business function. You are in business anywhere there is an Internet connection.

The following is a true example of a business that assumed huge unnecessary risk by declining cloud security best practices and not having a cloud solution in place:

A large manufacturer argued against employing cloud storage, despite residing in a storm-prone section in the country, citing a desire to keep servers on site and under their watch. Despite stringent compliance requirements inherent in their industry and the need to meet thousands of service orders coming through the system weekly, management derived a sense of “security” having their servers in-house, rejecting the opportunity to store essential operations in the safety of the cloud.

Of course, the enviable storm hit and the facility was subjected to a power outage and major flooding that physically threatened the servers. A resourceful IT director put the servers in a car and raced hundreds of miles away from the facility, setting up shop for days in a hotel, subsequently placing the business in jeopardy of system breakdown and complete company failure.

Learn more about how cloud security best practices can help prevent major data disasters from happening in your business.

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