7 Deadly Sins of Cloud Computing
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First of all is ignorance–Where no one knows, or even cares, if there are cloud services present in the business.
Secondly, organisations should be aware that when they buy a cloud service, they are normally held to the provider’s terms and conditions. This means that the business needs to eliminate any ambiguity by clearly specifying security requirements in contracts, service level agreements (SLAs) and end-user licence agreements (EULAs).
Similarly, to avoid the deadly sin of trespassing, organisations need to understand what laws or regulations apply when using the cloud services, to avoid breaching them. Meanwhile, IT security professionals need to be wary of the doubt that can be caused by not knowing if the cloud service provider is doing what it says it is doing in terms of security. This is because it can be difficult to obtain the assurance. How do you know that they’re doing what they say they’re doing? How do you know that they are patching?
Organisations should have the proper information management policies in place to avoid chaos, especially as the simple procurement nature of cloud can mean that anyone in the organisation can just go out and buy a cloud service, often without considering information security.
The final two deadly sins are; Conceit- a belief that an organisation’s IT infrastructure and information security architecture can handle cloud data and finally, Complacency- that the cloud is unbreakable.
“I submit that we are not ready for the shift that happens when you bring cloud into the organisation. And while people think that the cloud will never break, there is metal and connections somewhere underneath,” -Adrian Davis, principal research analyst at the Information Security Forum.
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