Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Cloud Security Protocols
The cloud environment you know today will be very different from the cloud environment you’ll see in a couple of years – just as it’s different from the one you saw a couple of years ago. As the cloud evolves, cloud security compliance protocols will evolve, too. As a managed service provider (MSP), it’s important to always be mindful of the latest codes of compliance for cloud data storage and cloud-based file sharing across any and all industries.
As lawmakers and governing bodies continue to gain an understanding of the impact that cloud computing has on the modern business community, the rules being put in place will become more stringent. They’ll also be revised and amended in an attempt to evolve with the cloud space.
The list of compliance regulations already in place includes PCI DSS (The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), SOX (The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), GLBA (The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), and HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) – and that’s just to name a few. As noted by Paul Korzeniowski for CIO.com, this list will only grow longer.
“While the acronym soup is confusing, the basic goal is simple,” says Korzeniowski. “Regulators want to make sure that businesses put processes in place to protect personal information, especially items like account numbers, Social Security information, and credit card data.”
The goal of these regulatory groups is (or should be) among the same primary goals of all MSPs. It’s not enough for MSPs to practice their preferred security measures unless those practices remain compliant in the specific industry of each client.
The first decision an MSP and their client must make is where to store data. Businesses want to feel that their data is secure, but they also want to know that it’s available when they need it. “As a result,” says Korzeniowski, “private and hybrid cloud models are popular starting points for businesses in highly regulated markets.”
Yet, as an MSP, you know that data does not sit idly in any physical or virtual data center. Ensuring that the cloud-based file sharing of information is as smooth and secure as when the information is at rest is another vital component of the managed service provider.
It’s important for MSPs to communicate with customers about how they will move information across endpoints in the cloud. There are different encryption techniques, some of which are considered to be safer than others.
The methods you use to store your clients’ data should be dependent upon their needs, their desires, and their industry codes of conduct. Gain an in-depth knowledge of multiple industry compliance standards ahead of time and you’ll provide yourself with a more efficient means of attracting new clients, onboarding new clients, and improving cloud deployment.