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|Top 5 Security Tips When Using Cloud Computing
Are you hesitant about adopting cloud computing services into your IT infrastructure? You are not alone. Data security is far and away the leading concern of IT professionals when it comes to cloud computing. In many cases, this is for good reason as services like Amazons EC2 are simply not equipped to adequately address the security and privacy needs of data-sensitive organizations. Due to the fact that public cloud services offer server instances for many clients on the same hardware, your data can get literally “lost in the clouds” and you have very little control over where your data lives and when it is available.
When it comes to security, the importance of control over your environment cannot be overstated, and leads most IT professionals to have cloud-paranoia over adopting public cloud services. Luckily, private cloud computing allows for the control that most PCI and HIPAA-sensitive organizations will feel comfortable using.
For this reason, we developed the top 5 security tips for cloud computing.
Case Study: HIPAA Compliant VMware Hosting
AccuMedWeb is a provider of ePCR (Electronic Patient Care Reporting) software. Their flagship software, eMedic Reports, lets EMTs and paramedics electronically record patient information in the field.
“Our ePCR requires 100% availability from its data center – 24X7 and 365 days a year,” says John Masters, AccuMedWeb, CIO. EMTs and paramedics are dispatched all hours of the day, all days of the year and AccuMedWeb’s applications must always be available with no downtime.
So, AccuMedWeb decided to outsource their data center so they could receive the high availability, HIPAA compliance and disaster recovery they needed.
The Advantage of Private Cloud in PCI Compliance
Having implemented PCI compliant solutions against multiple platforms for a wide variety of implementation types – there are certainly distinct advantages of the private cloud offering.
For more traditional companies that are considering making their existing environment PCI compliant and are amenable to truly exploring all of their options, putting a third party hosted private cloud offering into the running is highly recommended.
Private cloud offers the ability to implement all of your existing servers into a centralized environment with all of the capabilities of a traditional stack, and does not in any way inhibit the necessary security capabilities required for PCI DSS compliance.
Traditionally, companies would tend to place multiple functions onto a single server to save from having to acquire additional hardware, which poses a serious problem when facing the requirement of PCI that servers serve a single purpose.