When deploying an online backup solution, it's imperative that companies also ensure that cloud security measures are in place so data hosted on a third-party vendor's server remains protected. That was identified as one of the top 10 cloud continuity strategies recently released by Computerworld Hong Kong.
Adopters of cloud computing are quickly finding that the technology is a robust solution when it comes to data recovery and business continuity. A recent CRN report stated that data recovery in the cloud can be accomplished more quickly and effectively than with on-premise systems.
That's because, when data is hosted online, it remains accessible and unharmed by problems with on-site data centers.
Still, according to Computerworld, there are several steps that companies must take when deploying online backup and cloud-based recovery. Much of them revolve around the security of migrating data.
"Security is of prime concern in all forms of cloud computing and cloud services. To ensure security and privacy [are met] always use encrypted backups," Carol Ko wrote for the technology news provider.
Certain security measures are necessary in hosted environments, as recent events have demonstrated that cyber criminals aren't shy about their attacks. With encryption, for example, data is rendered useless even if it is stolen or breached.
When adopting any kind of cloud computing solution, a recent CTO Edge report said data protection should be among the top considerations for both IT professionals and business managers.
The cloud has been lauded for its cost-saving and flexibility benefits. However, according to the report, both are rendered moot without security. Any good cloud security program will include encryption, data segregation and access controls to restrict who can and cannot view information, the report advised.