The advantages of cloud computing are clear. Not only can you free up needed space on your servers and computers, you are able to backup valuable data and easily share it within your company. But when you are considering data sharing and storage for your business, you may have some concerns about cloud security, particularly if your business requires you to protect consumer data in a way that is compliant with HIPAA, PCI or Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.
Is your cloud storage solution following these requirements? If they don’t specify it in their privacy policies, it can be hard to tell. Let’s explore this further below.
Cloud security has become an important issue recently, as increasing numbers of companies turn to online storage solutions, trying to find greater simplicity, scalability and affordability. However the price in both money and reputation for poor handling of customer data can be quite high indeed. If your organization should comply to key regulations associated with patient privacy (HIPAA), credit card security (PCI) or the finance-sector strictures of Sarbanes-Oxley, it can be hard to find out if a service complies with these important restrictions.
Who is responsible
In the end, as cloud computing service providers are not required by law to be transparent regarding their security, the responsibility rests in your hands. If you choose to use the cloud, it’s your responsibility to choose a service provider you trust. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages and make the best decision for your business.