The benefits of organizations moving some or all of their IT workloads to the cloud are well known and numerous. There are several challenges to successfully adopting the cloud, but one of the most important is compliance. Whether your use case in the cloud is low-cost data storage, or the scale of your infrastructure for critical business applications or disaster recovery, this article helps you get informed and overcome cloud computing compliance issues.
Why compliance is important in the cloud
Various industry regulations regulate how organizations should manage and protect sensitive data. Depending on the industry and type of service in your business, you may need to comply with regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS or SOX.
These rules enforce guidelines, practices, and policies that help protect sensitive data from people and improve information security. If you comply, you want to audit your IT security processes, software, and workflows so that they comply with relevant regulations.
Failure to comply with the regulations may result in fines, lawsuits and significant damage to the reputation of the organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic and its changes in the way people work have caused even the most prudent companies to move some services to the cloud. Adoptions of Quickfire clouds, either by COVID or by an urgent desire to scale IT services, often cost compliance negligence.
Knowing the key issues of cloud computing compliance and how to overcome them better equips your business to benefit from a successful and secure cloud deployment.
1. Data security responsibility
There are three main models of cloud services delivered to businesses over public or private Internet connections. These are:
- IaaS: Accessible storage, networking or virtualization as payment services.
- PaaS: Hardware and software packaged and delivered as a stack of solutions via an Internet connection (Read more …)