/ Migrating to the Cloud

Since the introduction of the cloud, a steady stream of companies have opted to move their most sensitive data from on-premise to remote storage, available from anywhere and in real-time. Recently, some of the world’s most conservative companies have followed suit, as digital has found an increasingly important role across industries. It’s important for organizations integrating cloud into their core tech stack to recognize the opportunities and risks that come with a new environment and plan appropriately.

The first consideration—one that is top of mind for every IT professional —is security risk. When a cloud provider expects their customers to be responsible for securing their own applications, but doesn’t give them the mechanisms to properly do so, the customer is exposed to increased risk. Companies should be familiar with modern tools like feature switches and Bring Your Own Key functionality to ensure they have control of their data in a way that meets (and ideally, exceeds) their organization’s requirements.

There are a number of other considerations when moving from on-premise to the cloud including:

• Managing your providers in the best way
• Aligning providers with your governance models
• Maintaining control of your outsourced data
• Determining how updates will be managed and how often they will occur

Once the above list has been addressed, there’s still the challenge of scale. Often organizations are not just bringing on one SaaS provider but hundreds and need to ensure that proper precautions and plans are implemented for each.

In this blog series, I will address best practices for picking vendors, creating effective data governance, BYOK, storing data in the US and abroad, how to manage AWS, and more, including practical examples illustrating what it takes to migrate to the cloud in the safest possible way. Join me as I share my experiences and unravel the intricacies of data security in the cloud.

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