Best Practices for Protecting Data in the Cloud
Cloud-based services can increase security if implemented correctly.
For some institutions, data security remains a lingering concern when considering a transition to cloud-based services. Employees privacy, in particular, requires careful and secure data handling. Most of this concern centers on cloud-based information systems. However, experts point out that when institutions support a move to the cloud with the right policies, such a move generally increases security over the most sensitive data.
Additional measures that CDW recommends include encrypting transmitted and sensitive data; managing access, authentication and identity for cloud-based applications; requiring password changes every 90 days; certifying the security measures taken by the cloud vendor; and holding annual security training for individuals.
Institutions that remain concerned about security in the cloud can look for products that carry FedRAMP or Internet 2 NET+ certifications. Both certifications ensure a high standard of security in the cloud and can offer additional peace of mind to universities accustomed to managing their own local data centers.