Policies and Procedures for a Business’s Use of Cloud Computing


            Cloud computing is an important part of many businesses today. However, failure to set up appropriate security protection for it can result in higher costs and potential loss of business.  Privacy and security concerns of traditional non-cloud and cloud-based services are quite similar however when transitioning to a public cloud; there is a transfer of control and responsibility to the cloud’s provider. Authentication and authorization is also a crucial area of cloud use as sensitive information in the cloud can theoretically be accessed from anywhere on the internet. This also affects data protection as it may be difficult for the cloud service customer to check the data handling of the cloud provider. Cloud computing can also cause the potential loss of information due to the termination of the contract with the cloud provider. Although there are many possible drawbacks of using cloud computing, as long as a company puts effort into the set-up, there are numerous advantages that can be had.
            If a company wants to ensure that their cloud works correctly and is as secure as possible, several areas need attention. First, a company must ensure that effective governance, compliance, and risk processes exist and stay up to date. Next, regular audits must be done for the business and operational procedures. The cloud’s management of people and identities must be focused on as well. Privacy policies must be enforced and always attended to. The connections of the cloud must be secure as well as its security controls, physical infrastructure, and the building itself. With proper setup, a company can have the many advantages of a cloud-based network such as lower costs and higher performance.
            There are many policies companies set in place that govern a cloud network to ensure its proper operation and reduce security risks. It is essential that there is a cloud computing policy that makes sure that cloud services are not used without the IT manager’s knowledge. Having users sign agreements such as terms of service should be mandatory. Also, users should have to sign forms such as computer and internet usage policies. The sharing of log-in credentials can cause many problems as well and should be avoided at all costs. Personal cloud services must not interfere with the company’s cloud network as well.
            Some other tips for setting up and keeping a high performing cloud network are to know where your data lives or where the actual physical servers are. Making sure they are secure and get upgraded often is very necessary. Backing up your data applies to cloud computing as well and should always be done. The data center your information is stored should be advanced too. Firewalls, intrusion detection, and antivirus are a few of the areas where the data center can fail. Getting references from other clients is another great thing to do. Other companies that use the cloud in question can provide you with meaningful information that can help you choose the right cloud network for your company. Above all, testing your cloud-based network is the most important tip. Hiring a skilled hacker to try to penetrate your system is one example. Using a cloud network can have great potential in growing your business if done properly. Hopefully, this information will help you achieve your goals.
“Security for Cloud Computing Ten Steps to Ensure Success Version 2”. www. Cloud Council. Web. Mar 2015. 14 Feb 2017.

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