As a cloud customer, you may not be able to control the physical security of a data, but you can take steps to be sure that your cloud provider is actually following through with the security you've been promised. Conduct high-level audits and ask for concrete proof of a cloud vendor's security claims, whether that's PCI DSS certification or a SSAE 16 report. Stay informed of the standards, policies and procedures your cloud provider has in place, and do not hesitate to ask questions. If you can't get a clear answer to your questions, it is probably time to consider a different provider.
As we begin 2012, companies are thoughtfully migrating to cloud solutions when and where it makes sense. Are they sending everything to the cloud? No, nor should they. But they are not saying no to the technology either.
The smartest thing you can do is to align your organization with a trusted partner who can help guide you through the process of cloud adoption. Cloud computing offers a long list of benefits to organizations large and small, but ensuring that cloud-based data is secure is a critical first step nobody should skip on their journey to the cloud.
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