Security is a very important issue when working on projects using the cloud. Often, business leaders will view the cloud provider as the responsibility holder in terms of security, it does, however, require a more collaborative approach. Business leaders and the cloud providers should work together when it comes to security issues, and work to provide a safe and secure solution. Cloud computing is a good option for businesses looking to save money, and provides streamline solutions to issues like data processing, and storage needs.
It is a lot easier to rebuild servers when using cloud technology, but without the right security protocol in place, the process can be very difficult. Properly protecting data is paramount in the success of a business as a whole, particularly if any server issues do arise. Cloud based storage can be an easy target for hackers due to the speed of the data and information that is moved and processed. Hackers will often use automated attacks, a process that constantly scans for the most vulnerable sources to target. To avoid being targeted, businesses should be utilising software that is capable of identifying vulnerabilities and potential automated attacks.
Providers of cloud services are responsible for the transition between IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). Businesses are however expected to have more responsibility over the IaaS model. This means focusing on issues such as identity, privileged identity, and access management.
It is often the responsibility of the user to ensure areas such as data access control, encryption, collection and classification, the deletion of data are secure. Cloud providers will generally be responsible for protection against manipulation and threat, security testing and analysis, and vulnerability testing. Businesses and cloud users should always familiarise themselves with security protocol associated with each specific provider.
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