Saturday, 13 April 2013

Security Challenges Faced by Cloud Hosting - Handling Data

Cloud computing or hosting is currently the world's top technology when it comes to computer and internet applications. It has been posed as the best form of data handling service, infrastructure management and applications, business processes as well as personal collaborations. As a matter of fact; many businesses, firms, institutions and agencies are currently embracing this method of remote hosting service as opposed to local server.

What Is Cloud Computing Security?
Cloud computing security involves a set of laid down policies, controls and technologies that are meant to protect information or data, infrastructures, applications as well as other services concerned with cloud computing. In as much as proponents of this system maintain that it is safe, there are so many security challenges faced by cloud hosting.

What Are These Security Challenges?

There is need to secure data:

There are two aspects of data security is cloud computing. These are data control and preservation. Preservation of data makes sure that the integrity of data is maintained and that the data is not lost. All manner of data should be preserved whether or not they are sensitive.
Data control requires that such data must be released or used in a manner that is dictated by some set laws. The problem with data security in cloud computing is that unauthorized persons may gain access to such vital or private information. The conflict is that companies with sensitive data may not want any third party to dictate or put restrictions as to who accesses such data and may want to control it by themselves.

Issues with user authentication:
As already been mentioned, the data contained in the cloud hosting should only be accessed by specified personnel who have authority to do so. This requires that there is adequate monitoring and restriction of those who can access the data through the cloud system.
The issue is that the company whose data is hosted in the cloud needs to view the audit trails and access logs to ensure that only those authorized access the data. This means that the access logs and the audit details must also be secured. As a customer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the cloud provider takes all the necessary measures to ensure that your data is protected and that access to it is also limited.

Disaster preparedness and backup plan:
The physical infrastructure of the cloud providers are usually located certain areas with full geographical predisposition. If any adverse condition that can disrupt such an environment takes place, a company's data system may be lost. In addition, any security breach can lead to serious loses on the part of the company.
This requires that a contingency plan is put in place so that such data can be retrieved. Normally, it is the customer who loses but a contract can be signed between such customer and the cloud provider so that the liabilities are shared at best. One solution to this issue is to have, in addition, a private or dedicated server for data sensitive or vital to the survival of such a company.

Now that you have some knowledge about the security challenges faced by cloud hosting, you can take your time to ensure that you take keen interest on the data handling and that you get expert opinion on how secure such data. You can talk to those experienced and find out how they handle company data.