Despite our current culture of hackers, trust is still attainable for the IaaS enterprise cloud. More than traditional security practices are needed to assert that trust and augment a positive relationship between you and your hosting provider.
The bottom line: Enterprises need to protect their data by working with a cloud provider they can trust to protect mission-critical data and infrastructure as it relates to security, reliability and availability. Here’s what to look for:
* Tested disaster recovery plans in the case of cloud outage or disruption to services, preventing loss of critical data and closing windows of opportunity for hacking.
* Continual monitoring and assessment of the risks of the cloud and how it relates to your enterprise's risk tolerance. Infrastructure hosts should provide detailed planning and reporting on data/application privacy, authenticity of technology and users, and complete supply chain integrity.