The W&H of Cloud Compliance. Why and How?
Cloud Computing is becoming more and more attractive for business all over the world, and for a broad range of industries. However, there are still some challenges that might slow down certain companies from adopting this agile environment. Cloud compliance is a big issue, or challenge for that matter, that more and more businesses are trying to solve. To be one step closer to the answer, there are some questions that should be in every business owner’s mind, and here they are:
- What information or data we want to store in the system?
- Where will this information be stored?
- What information can be accessed?
- Is the access appropriate?
Of course, finding the answer to all of these questions is not that easy. Cloud compliance is a shared responsibility, which means that even if your cloud service provider is compliant it doesn’t automatically make your business compliant. Yes, your cloud service provider is in charge of ensuring physical security and right access controls, but you need to monitor and track all relevant compliance-related data for your infrastructure.
How can you evaluate your compliance?
A recent survey of cloud compliance issues in cloud computing, published by Journal of Internet Services and Applications, highlighted the top threats to compliance mapping, which might help you evaluate cloud compliance: Abuse and wrong use of Cloud Computing, Shared Technology Issues, and Data Loss or Leakage.
Why should your business be cloud compliant?
Being cloud compliant is very helpful from multiple points of view. Not only that it makes your business follow the rules and avoid sanctions, but it also improves other aspects:
- Sustain Brand Reputation
Brand reputation is crucial for any business survival, and it’s translated through customer’s trust. There are multiple ways of maintaining your company’s reputation, and compliance is one of them.
- Avoid Financial Damages
As any business handles sensitive information not only about the company but their clients as well, ensuring security is mandatory. Most of the compliance regulations require certain financial or even criminal sanctions for data breaches.
- Answer to audit requests
To be able to quickly respond to official inquiries, such as those from government organizations, your business need to have an automatic and continuous data monitoring that can provide comprehensive reports.
As I see it, cloud compliance plays an essential role in ensuring your business success, and there are many ways you can ensure it. I hope you enjoyed the article and looking forward to receiving your thoughts.
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