Mitigating Compliance and Regulatory Risk in the Cloud

Recent studies are all conveying a common trend: Cloud adoption is rising substantially. At the same time, compliance requirements, shortages in cyber security and information management professionals, security and other regulatory issues are the most common impediments. There are a number of acrostics to refer to a wide array of cloud computing requirements and regulations that are leaving customers and providers scratching their heads. According to 451 Researches TheInfoPro Cloud Computing Study, security and regulatory compliance is becoming the imperative deciding factor for new cloud investments. Making it indispensable that enterprises eliminate any doubts about their managed hosting partner’s ability to live up to and deliver on their promise regarding regulatory requirements.

TheInfoPro said “Compliance and regulatory issues are indispensably ‘pass/fail’ benchmark for cloud provider selection, but security breaches remain preeminent as the biggest challenge for IT professionals in implementing such projects. TheInfoPro’s Research Director, Peter Ffoulkes, analyzed that the biggest concern about cloud solutions tend to be in the policies and procedures surrounding information technology rather than in the information technology itself. These problems tend to be more arduous for vendors to handle, as they need much more than simply making cloud investments.

Assuring regulatory compliance through vendor selection:

According to the arduousness of enforcing the additional security controls required for compliance with industry standards and legal requirements, vendors can meet their particular Cloud compliance concerns and vary them considerably in their commitment to these security challenges. Businesses looking to move to the cloud must first look for cloud service providers that offer a high degree of trust and security services and the ability to audit and enforce policy on the data and workloads that they are deploying. Thoran Rodrigues also wrote in a recent TechRepublic article that before choosing a data protection partner, businesses must also ask tough security questions.

Additionally, enterprises must discover what third-party regulation and security certifications a service provider has earned. Such certifications like SSAE-16 SOC-2 immensely help to make sure that the appropriate measures are in place for meeting regulatory compliance. These certifications also cover most security related issues: security controls, logical and physical access to data centers and access controls. Although certifications do not prove anything by themselves, but the fact that enterprises take time to get certified proves a great degree of commitment to compliance.

Rodrigues also advised analyzing a provider’s client list to ensure if they are comfortable with it and also trust the infrastructure upon which their workloads and data will be run. Additionally, enterprises should also question about the provider’s future plans to continue improving its services. A vendor who only plans to upgrade to a quicker, cheaper and faster servers in the future may not be the ideal choice compared to the one that will continue to focus on improving security over time and that it’s open and flexible to evolving with changing industry standards and demands. However, the provider’s inability to meet such requirements is a warning signal in selecting a data protection or managed cloud hosting solution. Leading cloud services like Xtium are specially formulated to enhance regulation in a virtual environment.

Stratascape Technologies help choosing cloud suppliers that take responsibility for the governance, security, demand management, regulatory compliance and delivery of cloud services. Stratascape Technologies provides its clients with a smooth transformation to Cloud technology. Throughout the process, the StrataScape team provides support and also supervises the entire migration to the cloud.