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6. STAFFING ALTERNATIVES
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4.3. Cloud Security
There are two sides to the argument with regards to the security of clouds.
One side believes that the centralization of data allows for larger concentrations of security
resources while the other side says that hackers may have a larger incentive as there is
only one security system to hack and they gain access to data from multiple sources.
The truth is most security breaches don’t come from some random hackers. They generally
come from an internal issue or a disgruntled employee. Using the cloud does have
advantages and disadvantages:
Lack Of Control
The agreement that you have with your cloud provider will determine the extent to which you
have access to your data. This includes who can access it and under what circumstances.
Updates
Regular updates increases your data security level and reduces the risk of unfixed bugs
creating weaknesses. It also ensures that everyone accessing the cloud is using the same
version of the software and newest version because updates are done automatically.
Physical Security
Any of the major data centers in the world will be much more secure than your office. Most
offices do not have a secure location for their servers and place them wherever there is
some spare room, such as a hallway closet or storage room.
The greatest risk to servers in most cases is physical damage from water leakage, extreme
heat, or even clumsy staff.
Data centers are specifically designed for the single purpose of creating the best
environment for the servers. They are build with climate control, anti­static measures, and
have extremely restricted access. The bigger centers are located in anonymous with their
locations hidden from the public. They generally come with a team of technicians monitoring
the equipment at all times to ensure they stay up and running.
Encrypted Data
Data stored anywhere should be encrypted, whether that is on your own server or on the
cloud. If encrypted even if someone gets their hands on it, it will be very difficult to decipher.
Especially if moving data to and from the cloud it needs to be encrypted.
A breach of data could easily mean the end for a firm. Clients need to be able to trust you
with their confidential information. Jeff Borschowa lists some questions that you should ask
when considering different cloud service provider in his book, 8 Pillars for Exponential
Business Growth:
• Who has access to your data?
• Is your data encrypted? Who has the encryption key or keys?
• Who owns your data? If you leave your cloud solution, can you take your data with you?
• What certifications or compliance standards are they following? Ensure that the levels
  are appropriate for your individual needs. For example, the medical industry has specific
  requirements as determined by legislation.
Kort Mehrle
Majored in Management Information Systems and has put his schooling to
work in various tech and software companies. His passion for technology
really shines when aiding others to understand the benefits of a new
software or technology.
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