1Six Ways IT Teams Can Be the Guardian of Their Companies’ SaaS Data
According to Gartner Research, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest cloud service providers’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only within the next two years. As software-as-a-service (SaaS) options and adoption grow, there is a new debate stirring on whose responsibility it is to ensure SaaS applications are safe and secure: the customer or cloud provider? The short answer is both. As in any mutually beneficial relationship, with SaaS comes shared responsibility. While the service provider is responsible for core infrastructure security, it is ultimately up to the IT team to secure, protect and take control of their company’s data. In this eWEEK slide show, Anthony Lye, responsible for developing Cloud Control for Office 365 at NetApp, explores ways IT teams can be guardians of their SaaS data as more companies steer away from land and toward the cloud.
2Understand the Limitations of Your Cloud Service Provider
One of the early barriers to cloud adoption was security, but these concerns have since shifted to vendor lock-in and compliance/governance. While vendors can be relied on to address any hardware or application failure and assist in disaster recovery, take special note of your license agreements and identify any language regarding data rights.
3Don’t Take Anything at Face Value
4Accept Data Loss as Normal, Then Take Action
5Back Up That SaaS
6Give Your Organization a Wide Variety of Choice and Control
7Choose Industry-Leading Security at All Layers and Levels
Use third-party solutions that employ multiple layers of operation and physical security to allow the integrity and safety of your data, from strong encryption to intrusion detection.