Encrypt Data At Transit
Data at rest is particularly susceptible to attack. It is essential, therefore, to encrypt data at rest so it stays safe. You can also protect data at rest using key management services and hardened encryption, as well as encrypted network protocols.
For large-scale data migrations to the cloud, cloud vendors can provide specialized solutions, including the physical transport of data-bearing media to the cloud data center.
Evaluate the Impact on Your Data Center
Data transfer to the cloud comprises only part of protecting your assets. Don't forget to keep an eye on any physical devices in your data center, such as hard drives and storage servers. Make sure you account for both in your IT asset management plan.
Decommissioning activities, no matter their size, require a robust checklist. Ensure the rest of your storage media and other data-bearing equipment are always secure.
Wipe Remaining Data Drives
Data sanitization isn't something you should leave to chance. You should find out how your IT asset disposal (ITAD) company wipes storage media and communicate to them what you expect from reselling the sanitized equipment.
You should also make sure your partner ITAD firm uses safe data sanitization and decommissioning protocols. You won't have to worry about decommissioning activities if your ITAD company handles its data wiping correctly.
Research Your Cloud Provider’s Security
When you move data to the cloud, you have to reassess your cloud provider’s security and its limitations. It is essential to learn about any new access and entitlement rules to ensure a smooth transition.
Despite their relative safety, clouds do have weaknesses. According to a recent study, certain common lapses in entitlement management could leave parts of the public cloud open to attacks.
Make sure to watch for news about cloud vulnerabilities and ensure that you apply patches or setting changes as soon as they become available.