Deploying a cloud computing solution, whether for data storage or enhanced collaboration, is a big step for most companies to take. Chances are many have never before allowed critical business data to be stored outside the corporate network.
For starters, it's important to focus on the basics. According to the report, companies should begin by focusing on foundational controls when it comes to access to data. In most cases, foundation controls account for about 60 security controls that protect data, eWeek reported. So businesses should ensure that each is up to the task.
Assessing risk is another step advised by the news provider. Protecting against threats is easier when the company knows where they may come from. Implementing a risk mitigation plan will make for a better prepared adoption and reduces the likelihood of unwanted security surprises later down the line.
"If we look closely at recent events, the attacks and breaches which build such fear in our minds are often the result of a lack of focus on security fundamentals, not necessarily sophisticated attacks," the report stated.
Next up should be a cloud security evaluation. Companies should take a look at the data protection measures in place to double check that all holes identified with the risk mitigation plan are plugged.
According to a recent report from BusinessCloud9, the security offered by cloud computing solutions is often better than many people think. Expert Stephen Schmidt wrote that's because of the high level of control offered by the technology. CIOs have the option of locking down who can and can't access certain data.