Cloud Computing security the set of  technologies and policies designed to adhere to regulatory compliance rules and protect information associated with cloud computing use. In spite of rising cloud usage rates, security concerns continue to be the primary barrier to a greater adoption of cloud computing. As  the most businesses have shifted towards the cloud for efficiencies, but the same time they continue to have concerns about security. Being responsible for the records on someone’s server etc, the concerns and the challenges are very high. Here are some of the factors to look as we follow them:

 

  • Physical security of server
  • Firewall, Anti virus (build the DMZ mechanism to protect the data in the server)
  • Regular backups with a Business continuity plans (BCP)
  • Load Balancing features in case the data load is heavy
  • Security built at Application Layers
  • Data encryption logic in the application for sensitive data.

 

For cloud computing security, one will first find out what is the cloud provider’s security model. Once one have that thing sorted out, we can work on configuring following:

  • Securing access control, authentication and authorization
  • Security of Data at Rest and In Transit
  • Securing the virtual network in cloud with Firewalls and other virtual devices
  • Securing the applications running on cloud

 

The Main Advantages of Cloud Computing

  • Reliability
  • Manageability
  • Cost Savings
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Quick Deployment

The Main Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

  • Downtime
  • Security
  • Vendor Lock-In
  • Limited Control

 

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