Cloud services promise economic benefits, scalability and flexibility. They can trigger perceived risks for companies that are concerned about security, data protection, reliability and availability.
With more information, users and devices requesting data, there are many privacy and protection challenges.
The average square foot of data center uses 100 to 200 times more electricity than does square foot of modern office building.
“We can deduce from our findings that cloud is largely restricted to test and development, and software as a service (SaaS). IT leaders have held back from putting their business engine in the cloud – the suites of core applications and data that lie at the heart of the organisation. They are concerned that cloud providers do not appreciate the complexity of their legacy ICT estate and fear migration may not be successful.”
~ Damian Skendrovic, VP Cloud Services, NTT Europe
Apple Inc. (NSQ:AAPL) said it plans to build a new solar farm with NV Energy Inc (NYS:NVE) for power supply to its new data center in Reno, Nevada, a major step towards its goal of having its data centers run on renewable energy.
Planning around cloud involves manpower planning, recruitment, employee management, provision of materials, job leveling, compensation administration, training, timekeeping, etc.
As you are creating a list of questions for information security, what questions should you ask? Here is a list from Net Security from Creating a cloud security policy.
Perhaps a differentiation is the level of the organisation such as small business vs corporate. These considerations mainly apply to corporate organisations.
Which regulatory requirements do worry about in cloud?
Here are a few best practices Gartner and other security researchers have recommended:
Electronic devices are designed for both function and fashion. Data is stored and analyzed in the cloud. Users can then download these insights from the cloud anywhere and at any time.