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- 31% of companies breached in 2012 were small businesses
- 20% of the hacks were successful
- 60% of the companies successfully hacked were bankrupt within half a year.
- Privacy – Ideally a provider will encrypt your data, make it anonymous, and make your locations of remote access inaccessible.
- Integration – In the case of a hybrid solution, you can make use of integration with security tools you have in place for your other systems.
- Certification – If you have specific compliance concerns, check with your provider to make sure they are certified to meet your needs. Develop a system of metrics so you can analyze and track your cloud hosting environment. Consider the process required of your users to enter and leave the system.
- Access – Your system should have protections (of course) to guard against malicious intrusion. Specifically consider safeguards in place for your databases.
- Software – How does your platform keep your code from becoming corrupt? How are people vetted for managerial positions in which they might have greater access to your code? How do they test or model for security threats?
- Location – The country in which your provider is headquartered will affect the laws surrounding your data.
- Rights – Are you the owner of the data on your systems? Do you want to encrypt it, and do you have encryption keys that you want to use? Do you have a backup of the data? What is the process for purging the backup?
So, last week, as some of you might know, Solar VPS attended Cloud Expo 2013 in Silicon Valley. While we didn’t exhibit at the Cloud conference, our COO and President, Ross Brouse, gave a few speeches and we got pretty interactive on the social media networks all those crazy kids love. (Insert shout out here to @RobustCloud, @GESoftware, @SHI_INTL, @ThousandEyes & @AriaSystemsInc). Outside of giving speeches and getting really active on Twitter and Google +, we took the time to hear from other Cloud companies both within their keynote presentations and outside within spur of the moment meetings.
This said, we want to use this space to elucidate (yes, we are trying to expand our lexicon), on five insights we learned at the show and why those insights are either excellent or terrible. So, here we go.
1. Smaller Cloud Providers Need to Rise UpContinue
Regardless who you ask, regardless what study or poll you read and regardless of who you talk to, time and time again, the markets’ main concern with Cloud based solutions are shown in the form of security. Now, most Cloud computing security concerns come in a pretty standard worry: consumers are worried:Continue
With the Cloud becoming more and more popular for the public, a debate has popped up between Cloud providers and Cloud users. That debate centers around the use of Local Data Backups vs. Cloud Data Backups. For the vast majority of companies and personal tech consumers, the idea of storing your critically needed data locally makes sense. Use an external hard drive. Set a reoccurring backup time on a daily basis. Forget about ever backing up your data ever again. However, with the Cloud becoming more accessible to private consumers and companies of all sizes, local data backups are giving way to Cloud backups. Here’s why.
The Problem with Local Backups
- Local Backups Require Personal Data Encryption – Here is the thing about using your own locally stored hard drive to backup all your critical business data – it’s unsafe. Unless you are an IT expert who knows how to properly secure your local hard drive with secure encryption methods and security codes to make sure hackers can’t get in, your critical data is open to the world. For the personal user who only stores music files on their local external hard drive, a hacker doesn’t mean much. But for a company storing sensitive financial data or classified documents, security is a very real threat.
- Local Backups are Limited – A local external hard drive is a physical piece of equipment which takes up place on your desk and is limited to a storage capacity limit. Unable to grow from its stagnate state, a local external hard drive will not grow and scale with your company as you need more storage space for sensitive data. A local hard drive is 80gb, or 120gb, or 500gb. Once you reach that maximum potential, it’s time to purchase another hard drive. This might not seem like that big of a deal but for a company of any size, who shuffles through a ton of data on a daily basis, your local limit is going to be met and exceeded quickly. This will cause headaches and cost a lot of money. Continue
Location. Location. Location. It’s true about real estate and it’s also true about Cloud Storage Security. Even if you’re already storing your data in the Cloud, you should back up that data by storing it locally. While the Cloud has the ability to store data remotely and securely, data security is dependent on two things: Your Cloud provider and your LAN (Local Area Network) security. Why? Because all the security in the world by your Cloud provider won’t change the fact that your local machine is open game.
Cloud security or virtualization security poses risks from not just the hosting provider, but also the consumer. Why? Because even though Solar VPS takes every precaution available to ensure optimal security, in spite of our best efforts, we can’t protect your personal computers from being hacked – that’s up to you. If you’re one of the people that falls for the, “YOU’RE THE 100TH VISITOR! CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE IPAD!” then you can’t blame us when your server gets hacked from the inside. So, how do you accomplish true fail-safe Cloud Computing? – By utilizing the benefits of the Cloud while also storing your data locally.Continue