Cloud

Cloud

Use of the Cloud for delivery of IT functions creates new opportunities, but also introduces new risks. Security is a primary consideration, followed by the ways that data is stored and that applications communicate.

IT is accustomed to controlling its environment. For the cloud it is a different matter. In the cloud, IT must be more aware of how data flows, and new ways to develop application designs.

An initial list of considerations for a cloud service can include:

  1. Where will the data be stored?
  2. Where else will my data be replicated?
  3. What is the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity strategy?
  4. What data security controls are in place?
  5. Who will have access to my sensitive data?
  6. How are people security screened?
  7. Is the Cloud Computing service SAS70 compliant?
  8. Is there a single sign-on for cloud services?
  9. What processes are in place to deal with hacker attacks?
  10. Do I retain full ownership of my data?
  11. Can you also provide my data in an easily readable format (such as XML)?