The popularity of Cloud migration is on the rise. However, certain aspects are often at risk when transitioning to third parties. There are data integrity, intellectual property, and customer data concerns. Many organizations work around this by using a hybrid infrastructure. In a hybrid environment, the most sensitive data is kept in-house while day-to-day operations take place in the Cloud.
Migrating to the Cloud can be a challenge for many businesses. Some vendors provide heavy integration to make it simple. For example, Office365 is designed to sync with Active Directory to make migration as painless as possible. Moving a custom application may take additional time and effort. However, the cost of migrating to the Cloud is often offset by the reduced resource and hosting costs in the long-term.
Another challenge for some organizations when moving to the Cloud is data residency. Cloud data residency maintains control over the location where regulated data and documents are physically located. Organizations needs to consider the data residency requirements for the location in which they operate. They must also consider the rules that govern the treatment of data at the Cloud service provider’s data centers.
To tackle the data residency requirement, use Cloud data tokenization. This keeps sensitive data local while storing and processing tokens (i.e., replacement data) in different locations.
When it comes to data security, Cloud storage becomes a risk for certain types of information. If a piece of information shouldn’t be visible to the hosting provider, it should be encrypted at rest and in transit. Encryption in transit, while not processed in the Cloud, still allows for scaled endpoints.