Cloud security isn't as daunting as it seems, expert says

Even though cloud-based hosting companies promise a number of benefits to companies that migrate resources to outsourced environments, the technology will only prove advantageous if the right security measures are taken. As cloud adoption grows, concerns about data protection rise in tow, according to an Info Security Media Group interview with IT expert Francis deSouza.

Many decision-makers fear that implementing cloud security is a daunting task. However, this doesn't need to be the case, deSouza said.

"A good starting point for companies is to look at the cloud and make sure that they have at least the same levels of controls around the information in the cloud as they do with the information in their own environments," deSouza told the news source.

Implementing some level of accountability in cloud security programs is another area businesses can consider. Data classification and access control tools, for example, limit the visibility of sensitive records and can therefore reduce the chances of a breach, deSouza asserted.

The Service-level agreement is an important part of ensuring security within cloud environments. Decision-makers need to make sure cloud hosting providers guarantee at least some level of data protection, beyond simple network monitoring capabilities, Network World said.

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