Better put these 10 cloud security questions to your Cloud Services Provider CSP

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As Trump administration is advising companies to move their data and apps to the cloud, most of the company heads are concerned about the security concerns which arrive in parallel to the benefits of cloud migration.

Regardless of whether or not you are aware of all the technicalities involved in the cloud, security happens to be the most important factor to consider while doing a cloud migration. Especially, they are certain queries you should put forward to your cloud services provider to understand how they defend the apps and data when on their premises.

Cybersecurity Insiders makes it easy for you by crafting the 10 most important questions to ask your cloud provider before you move your data and apps to cloud platforms.

1.) Better to make an inquiry about the security features being hosted by the cloud provider. Make sure that the CSP holds multiple layers to a security plan to thwart most of the threats lurking in the cyber landscape.

2.) Make an inquiry on how does the cloud provider secure its hardware assets which help keep its cloud business operational. Ensure that the security measures for hardware like servers and data centers should be summarized by the provider.

3.) In order to prevent any fraudulent parties like hackers to access the in-house data, CSPs should encrypt data and at the same time educate their customers on how they keep the stored data safe and encrypted. Traditionally, many cloud providers encrypt data on a different note like in transit or at rest. So, better find out with your CSP the way they protect the data while on transmit and at rest.

4.) Keep a tab on how the CSP monitors its storage environment in order to watch for any security or performance issues. If in case, a CSP offers monitoring capabilities, then they should let you know what they are monitoring and how the data is kept out of reach from such monitoring tools.

5.) Go for a cloud services provider who has a SOC 2 and CCSP certification. As the former meets AICPA requirements needed for cloud security in the future. And the later CCSP is given to those companies which practice technical expertise in designing and delivering cloud security practices.

6.) Find out whether the CSP is in-charge of the security in its environment or the customer. Better to make it a point in the service level agreement.

7.) Know how each client data is separated and remains non-accessible to the CSP. This is important as maintaining data sanctity for certain applications is much needed in today’s world.

8.) The CSP should specifically specify how the provider notifies the customer when any security breaches take place.

9.) Also, make sure that the CSP provides a 100% guaranty over data which is being destroyed when the need for it arises.

10.) Furthermore last but not the least, make sure that the CSP mentions a remedy to customers in circumstances when it fails to meet the security obligations.

Hope, all is covered in the above-said points. If not, please feel free to share your knowledge through the comments section below.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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