Who should you trust with your private data? With data breaches becoming increasingly more common, Paul Blore, our MD, shares his opinion on the sorts of things businesses should watch out for when it comes to looking at their options for a potential external partner.
There are 5 questions that businesses must ask of any vendor before moving forward, these include:
- Where will my data system be hosted?
- What physical and technical security are in place on the data centre, is it a credible centre?
- If an incident incurred on the primary site, where will my private data be stored?
- Is the backup facility purely just a backup, or can it still deliver its data?
- Can my business still run from that backup site alone if it needs to?
Both the physical and technical security of the cloud naturally enables it to be more secure than any on-premise system will ever be, as a direct result.
For example, often an SME will have a locked or a few locked doors and that’s more than likely as far as its physical security goes, it’s very unlikely to have any CCTV in operation, security guards, perimeter fencing or biometric access controls and any other additional deterrents in place. Comparatively, most, if not all, data centres will have all of the above and sometimes more in terms of its physical security. When talking about technical security, a typical SME might have a router; it might have a firewall and the scale of investment it would make in any year typically lies within the hundreds of pounds bracket. However, Microsoft Azure, spends hundreds of millions of pounds on its technical security, which is of course on a whole other level to what the average SME can ever look to fund on their own, but they will get the benefit of this level of security as well as regular updates by being on such a cloud based platform due to the ability to scale down these enterprise grade services.
Perhaps most importantly, businesses, regardless of size, should not be fearful about transferring their precious data to external providers and onto the cloud; what they should be worried about is where their data is sitting right now, whether that’s in an air-conditioned room or on a server sat on their very desk, and if a data breach did occur, what back up do they have and are they confident that their business could remain in operation? Unfortunately, the answer is likely to be, no.
We hope you find this blog useful and if you have any further questions regarding moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud – do get in touch with us here.