Importance of Embracing Cloud Computing To Enhance Security

By Enterprise Security Magazine

Cloud computing has undoubtedly taken over the market when it comes down to data integration, processing, and management of late. Although cloud computing is gaining momentum, in the present scenario it is not free from the clutches of jeopardy since security is of primary concern and the complexity of cyber attacks is increasing each day. Hackers have been devising new methods to penetrate security fortresses and have always been a threat to the Healthcare and IT Industries. Cloud computing should aim at adapting itself as per the needs of the client to get along with the amendments incorporated in the industry and ensure maximum security.

 Regulatory compliances are working with the aim to provide maximum security to companies that rely on cloud computing. Regulatory Compliances are specific legal protocols to which companies must adhere to ensure that the amendments incorporated by the organization abide by the law. A properly executed cloud environment can solve the challenge of securing these endpoints.

A cloud storage service transforms into a business associate if they keep track of PHI on in place of a healthcare organization, and thus the serviceability must be HIPAA-compliant. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996 with the aim of ensuring the privacy of patient’s information. Protected stuff under the law covered health care benefits, health care clearinghouses healthcare providers.

 In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act extended HIPAA’s requirements to business. The law safeguards not only the privacy, integrity, and accessibility of data. HIPAA’s Security Rule, which addresses electronic PHI, invigorates physical and technical safeguards such as audit controls and access controls, as well as administrative safeguards such as data backups and security incident procedures.

Cloud computing poses risk to most of the companies that rely on them for handling vast volumes of data. Cloud computing may expose the data to the third party which may result in reputational harm, higher costs and potential loss of business. Continuous monitoring, compliance reporting, and storage security combined come into play when Security bags utmost priority.

 System administrators should keep a keen eye on the changes great detail. IT departments rely on Public Cloud Computing in the interest of speed that it offers although it may appear to be seamless on the surface, it exposes the system to risk and hence businesses must analyze the risk factors throughout the application procedure. Cloud programmed compliance audits should be put to use to keep up with the changes that occur now and then that is usually associated with system upgrade which also cuts down manual work.

Storage security is often not taken into consideration and they act as the node of attack for hackers. The bandwidth of public cloud storage should be expanded so as to help it cope with huge volumes of data that are stored. It will also help enterprises to quarantine malware thereby protecting data from potential threats in the long-run.