Security Considerations for Cloud Computing Vendors
Security is an important aspect of cloud computing, and is much in discussion these days. Given that all the important business data is going to reside on remote servers, the responsibility of a vendor becomes much more. This is different from traditional IT solutions, where security is managed on-premise.
So what does the vendor need to take into account when dealing with cloud computing?
Here’s a checklist of important parameters:
- Compliance: Regulatory requirements change drastically from country to country. If you’ve acquired a client from a new geography, make sure you’re following the various regulatory issues.
- Data segregation: Experienced vendors never keep data of different clients together, as it leads to many security loopholes. For databases as well as applications alike, ensure that you are following the best practices of segregation.
- Access control: Because a cloud-based system is online round the clock, vendors need to be extra careful in testing their access control systems. Not only should you be in sync with the client’s security policies, but you also need to do rigorous testing to see if it’s possible to break into the system.
- Network security: Attackers are getting smarter every day, which means vendors need to stay in sync with latest preventive techniques. For instance, do you use whole-disk encryption or file-wise encryption? Also, do you employ big data analytics to isolate possible points of network compromise?
As cloud computing continues to evolve at breakneck speed, so will the vendors have to upgrade their systems. Security can’t be an add-on anymore; it needs to be a core component.