SMEs are adopting the cloud, a true “bottom line”. But they want the best security guarantees. To make sure you do not get caught out, here are 7 Cloud security points to remember in order to make the right choices among the service providers.
- Cloud security: the opportunity to focus on teams rather than equipment
The culture of IT managers is changing. They used to create, set up and manage a structure, as well as give usage tips, with constraints, to the members of the company. Computer security was a constant concern: viruses, malware, security flaws, backups, password management, intrusions, and so on. Each person in charge or in charge of computer security having his habits and his tools.
However, the “sense of history” is now to entrust all or part of its data and its applications to a cloud computing provider. The problem of computer security changes face: the manager must make the choice of the provider who will ensure this function and offer the best guarantees of service.
So many technical constraints that are thus subcontracted for less stress, but also more availability to support business users and make them more productive.
- Cloud security: knowing how to identify the best referenced providers
Any provider can claim that it “makes the cloud”. To choose a truly secure provider, especially with regard to cloud security, it is better to trust those who have gained the trust of the most demanding companies or institutions! To take a single example, SFR Business has obtained the authorization of health data host, issued by the agency of shared health information systems (ASIP Santé).
- IT security has become a domain reserved for experts
In the United States and France, specialists agree that the cloud has become unavoidable: SMEs are choosing what proportion of their data and applications they want to put in the cloud: 10, 30, 90% ?
The technical mastery of computer security is becoming more complex every day: denial of service attacks are becoming more frequent and the trend is to attack the application layers. Only the major cloud computing providers have parries and can offer secure application solutions, from authentication to code audit, especially to detect vulnerabilities.
Think about the cloud to secure your business (high availability, disaster recovery plan) as well as to decline your computer security policy (web filtering, usage control, attack prevention, cyber security mechanisms).
- Cloud security also relies on the sustainability of the provider
When you entrust the data and applications of your company to a provider, it is for several years, even decades. The financial and entrepreneurial strength of the cloud computing or data center provider is therefore crucial.
- Have the best cloud security on the entire data chain
Today the data of an SME are everywhere and go everywhere: on smartphones, tablets, laptops, Internet, 3G / 4G … Cloud security is therefore essential. Only major telecom operators have complete control of this data chain end-to-end.
It is therefore an important guarantee for the IT manager to have a single point of contact, to avoid being in the middle of a quarrel of experts between providers who send the responsibility …
- Do not add foreign legislative constraints to cloud security
In terms of IT security, there has been a lot of talk about the Patriot Act, and the US government’s obligations to its companies, including cloud computing. Wherever they operate in the world, companies subject to US law have an obligation to allow US security services access to personal data.
Beyond this first risk of loss of confidentiality, it is worth remembering that it is better to check under which legislation we are placing ourselves by signing a contract with this or that provider. French law appears rich enough to avoid adding the subtleties of language and Anglo-Saxon law …
- Think about managed IT security
Cloud security, especially that of the most confidential data, requires companies to have advanced and comprehensive protection against cyber threats. Services compatible with all types of Internet access exist, which globally secure the web access of the company with essential functions: filtering of IP flows (firewall), securing connections to remote sites and mobility ( IPSEC and SSL remote access), intrusion detection and prevention (IPS probe).
Managed security provides IT managers with a great deal of flexibility, allowing them to delegate, if they wish, all or part of the management of the service to the security experts, while supervising via the web platforms their security statistics.