Your business may already be using some cloud-based applications, such as Salesforce.com or Dropbox, and maybe you’re contemplating moving even more of your infrastructure to the cloud. There are definite benefits of a cloud-based infrastructure including flexibility, guaranteed performance SLAs, regulatory compliance, shifting CapEx costs to the OpEx budget, and, depending on what type of data center service provider you choose, a greener footprint. Here are five positive aspects of making the cloud your primary technology infrastructure.
Although IT executives like the benefits of hybrid clouds, they also have concerns about application and data security. IDG Research found 47% of IT executives are considering investing in hybrid clouds, because they can scale up or down quickly based on bandwidth needs. However, they’re also very concerned about hybrid cloud security issues like data loss or leakage (78%), insecure interfaces and APIs (77%), and account or service hijacking (76%) .
To get an insider’s view about these issues, we interviewed Cortney Thompson, Green House Data Vice President of Operations for his thoughts.
We frequently talk about HIPAA compliance and how that affects healthcare organizations as they migrate to cloud-based infrastructure. This infographic gives some more details about what electronic health records are used for, what patients want from ePHI, the most common types of breaches and ways to secure health data.
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Encryption is an important safeguard to protect sensitive data that’s stored and processed through the cloud. Encryption protects outgoing data so it’s not vulnerable to being read once it’s outside your network. It also satisfies compliance and regulatory standards like HIPAA and PCI DSS and is an essential tool for protecting information used with popular SaaS applications like Salesforce.com. Even with a highly-secure data center, the protection of important information is a shared responsibility between your service provider and your IT team. Get started by implementing these four encryption best practices: