IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 Security Tips to Prevent a Cloud Migration Disaster

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-09-30 Print this article Print
Identity and Access Management Control

Identity and Access Management Control

You need to know who is accessing your data, at what levels they can access it and whether they can alter it. This requires a clear, concise and auditable identity and access management control system that includes vendors, sub-contractors and your employees.
Most organizations are starting to think about migrating existing applications, data and infrastructure to the cloud, if they haven't already. Recent surveys have shown that cloud deployments have tended to be primarily test systems and non-critical applications, but organizations are beginning to make plans to move mission-critical production applications to take advantage of the cost savings, flexibility and productivity boost the cloud promises. However, migrating production systems, such as email and personnel records, raise privacy and security considerations that may not have been a concern for previous deployments. In fact, security is consistently named as one of the top three reasons enterprises are still nervous about moving applications and data into the cloud. Recently eWEEK chatted with Unisys for some insights on the kind of things IT departments and senior executives should be considering before moving critical applications. They include knowing who has access to what levels of data and knowing what level of support the cloud provider will deliver in the case of a security breach. Cloud-based architecture allows businesses to future-proof their applications and systems, but there's no reason why security needs to be left behind with the following tips.

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