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Cloud security questions to ask your cloud provider

By Gilad Parann-Nissany

Cloud encryption keeps coming up as one of the hottest topics for enterprises migrating to the cloud. IT departments are constantly pushed to cut costs and utilize compute resources more efficiently, hence cloud computing is the natural evolution, yet at the same enterprises cannot compromise on cloud security, and cloud encryption should be considered high on the list as it segregates and “hides” your data from other virtual entities hosted on the same physical cloud infrastructure.

What’s my cloud provider’s encryption approach?
Cloud data security and cloud encryption comes in many forms and shapes. While some cloud providers will provide the encryption service, some will provide a “shopping list” of cloud encryption companies, and others will provide both. But which one is best for your needs?

A good place to start would be to define what your needs are J. Many enterprises tend to assume that data encryption automatically guarantees data confidentiality but that’s not the case. Data confidentiality is achieved only if you, the enterprise, maintain control over both the encryption process as well as the encryption keys.

If anyone else but your authorized team controls the encryption process, or manages the encryption keys for you – data confidentiality is not achieved. If cloud security is a regulatory requirement, or if intellectual property should be protected, enterprises should consider deploying and managing encryption by themselves.

Unfortunately this not an easy task to accomplish. While there are many cloud encryption technologies out there, most will answer only some of the requirements by working only with specific database kinds, or supporting a limited range of your operating systems. The ideal cloud encryption solution is the one supporting all your operating systems and databases types.

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