5 November, 2016
Businesses looking to switch to cloud technology often find hybrid cloud as one of the most flexible and efficient options. Incorporating the benefits of both public and private cloud, it allows a smooth combination of the in-house IT resources with the public deployment model. However, just like the other two cloud computing technologies, hybrid cloud also has its own share of security risks. It is important to overcome these challenges to ensure a successful implementation of the technology,
Here are some of the key security risks to be considered while choosing hybrid cloud for your organization:
IT Security Skills
Business owners need to hire a dedicated IT security staff with specialized skills in handling hybrid cloud resources. They must be able to use proper configuration management tools to minimize the likelihood of any error. Knowledge of all the cross-platform tools required to control the hybrid cloud is also important. Concise cloud management policies should be implemented to define access controls for sensitive data, configuration and installation guidelines, reporting etc.
Poorly Defined SLAs
With so many hybrid cloud service providers available today, understanding the service level agreements (SLAs) has become critical. Access permissions and data security measures must be clearly specified in the SLA. Get information on the availability and performance of your cloud model during maximum load times. The SLA should also state the services for which you can use the public cloud and up to what limits.
Both the organization and service provider are accountable for maintaining a secure hybrid cloud environment. The vendor is basically responsible to ensure system integrity, access controls, data encryption, virtualization and network security. Consumers, on the other hand, need to implement stringent policies to secure their in-house resources.
Poor Data Redundancy
The lack of proper data redundancy can also be a major security threat in hybrid cloud. It is imperative to maintain redundant copies of the important files in both public and private data centers. With this, you can minimize downtime in case there is an outage in any of them.
Implementing a hybrid cloud strategy involves a complete redressal of both technical and security issues to reap the maximum benefits out of this technology.
For more information on hybrid cloud and how it can be used to streamline your business operations, feel free to contact Centex Technologies. We can be reached at (855) 375 – 9654.