With more large-scale cloud database breaches in the news seemingly weekly, as well as many different solution providers and offerings to research and choose from, it’s understandable why some companies might still be reluctant to make their maiden cloud voyage.

While the looming threat of hackers and security breaches should not be taken lightly, the good news is companies can mitigate risks commonly associated with breaches and safely migrate their database(s) to the cloud with proper planning, insight and preventive measures.

So how do you keep your business out of the security breach headlines?

Research your cloud provider

When people hear the term “cloud,” they have some idea of a technology functioning somewhere in space that can store, run and manage data applications. Even though the cloud is a relatively predictable and regimented solution in nature, it’s not a one-size-fits-all product that companies randomly pluck from a shelf.

Some of the numerous characteristics and options to consider when researching and consulting with cloud providers are:

  • Your company size, current data application environment, and the business pain point(s) you want to solve with cloud adoption
  • Cloud services’ pricing models and your company’s budget availability
  • Cloud model—public, private or hybrid?
  • Functionality and maintenance—will your cloud services be internally managed, or is there a need for a managed services package?
  • Type of cloud service needed—Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?
  • Where will your data actually be stored? Yes, in “the cloud,” but what does that mean exactly?

Think (and plan for) worst-case scenarios

When researching cloud service vendors and different solution offerings, you should be sure you fully understand the security measures and protections offered, and that you ask about customizable options that would be a best fit for your business needs.

During the planning and consultation phase of exploring your cloud options with different integrators, it’s imperative to address potential security and data breaches, as well as communicate any specific security requirements your company might have. It’s likely these cloud providers already have established policies and procedures in place, so it’s important to ask those questions up front.

Ask and solidify terms such as:

  • Notice obligation policies if a breach occurs
  • Timeframe stipulations clearly stating when the company should expect to receive such notice(s) from their cloud provider
  • The subsequent reporting and response action(s) that a potential breach might evoke

Proactively planning with prospective cloud teams about established security measures, and fully understanding their protection plans, is a crucial step to determining which cloud provider and implementation model is best suited to your company’s needs.

Partner with the brightest minds in the business

No matter where you are in the cloud implementation process, Sirius has a team of certified cloud technologists and advisors committed to helping businesses successfully achieve your cloud adoption goals. Sirius can help you take a programmatic approach to your cloud planning, and guide you through a comprehensive risk analysis to establish protected and efficient security requirements.

From evaluation and design to implementation, financing and managed services, Sirius can help you develop a successful cloud adoption strategy to optimize application and service delivery, while safely migrating, managing and running applications and workloads.

Contact us to learn more about how Sirius can help you leverage your cloud strategy securely and efficiently.