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Securely leveraging the cloud

Phoebe Magdirila | Aug. 13, 2013
Despite the hype that surrounds it, the cloud still has issues that have yet to be settled and clarified with regards its true worth.

This means starting with non-core applications like email and small business apps, and using standalone systems. "When you start with a core application and it goes down, your company will suffer," he said.

"You put in the cloud only stuff that can have a moderate impact on the organization; it may not be prudent to put in the cloud [those that can have high impact on operation]," noted Laggui.

VENDOR-BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
One of the most crucial steps in making the migration to the cloud a smooth-sailing journey as the business scales up is vendor selection. "Never choose a vendor based on cost alone," Alabastro said. Businesses, he noted, should look at "how long they respond" and should "make sure they are dealing with a reputable one."

The business should have a "well-defined" service level agreement (SLA) with its cloud service provider that works for both parties, said Laggui.

And in short listing prospective cloud providers, businesses must also "keep tabs on the data for your cloud services and where they reside," Casambre pointed out. "The Data Privacy act of 2012, likewise provides the legislative and regulatory support to ensure that sensitive data located in local servers are protected under the law."

But it doesn't end there, he warned, as the law can only protect so much. Businesses should also have their own policies internally, and inform employees of the effects of misusing these technologies.

"They should know what is the cloud," Alabastro said. This will help employees "determine what's best for the company."

Cloud is undeniably an attractive option for businesses, and Valmonte even said that there are now around a million installations of cloud services every year. But despite this fact, businesses should not simply join the bandwagon for cost-efficiency or competition's sake. Like any technology, the cloud needs a full understanding in order to be successfully implemented with less worries, and, more importantly, fewer security risks.

For a cloud implementation to succeed, Alabastro said businesses should make sure that they have a long-term goal in mind and evaluate the cloud solution properly by getting help from the company's different departments that can give vital insights on the proper implementation based on the company's needs.

 

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