It’s now part of the conventional wisdom that cloud computing has altered the IT delivery model. The steady embrace of the cloud among businesses large and small does not, however, mean that organizations can or should let their guard down on matters of security and data protection. While cloud server hosting provides compelling benefits, security is an essential part of any discussion of cloud adoption. Mitigating security risks is imperative to creating a comfort level among CIOs and CISOs, to transition applications and data to the cloud.
Applications, systems and data all have different security thresholds. Even in highly regulated industries such as healthcare or financial services, there are cases in which virtual servers make sense. For example, web, mobile and social can be moved to a virtual server without the same degree of security concern as there is for regulated information or mission critical applications.
When deciding whether an application, product or service belongs in a cloud server, CIOs and CISOs must consider: