21 July 2023
Data security is a hot topic. The Cloud is a hot topic. In the crossover event of the century, this blog combines the two, discussing how to enhance data security after your Cloud migration. Discover how the Cloud can improve your data security, understand best practices, and learn how Vizlib + Qlik can help you create a powerful and secure data environment.
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A survey by RealWire found that 87% of IT leaders believe reliance on legacy systems exposes their company to cybersecurity risk.
Data is the lifeblood of modern organizations, containing sensitive information such as personal details, financial records, and proprietary business insights. The consequences of a breach or security incident can be severe; financial loss, reputational damage, legal repercussions, loss of customer trust, and more.
Threats and risks are commonplace. In the last 12 months, 39% of UK businesses identified a cyber attack. In the first quarter of 2023 alone, more than six million data records worldwide were exposed as the result of data breaches
Moving to the Cloud can come with some important security benefits. This includes offerings that meet industry-specialized compliance requirements, and automatic Cloud patching to ensure your systems receive the latest security updates.
The Cloud also enhances your data resilience by reducing or eliminating your reliance on a limited number of on-site physical servers. Data is automatically backed up and stored in multiple locations, reducing the risk of data loss due to hardware failure or natural disasters. This helps prevent downtime and keeps your business running smoothly.
For the most part, the practices that keep your data safe on-premise will be the same ones required in the Cloud. For example, properly training and informing your workforce about data security practices is still vital; according to Verizon, 74% of data breaches involve “the human element.”
However, there are some data protection challenges that are particularly important to keep in mind after a Cloud migration.
The exact steps and requirements to keep your data safe during your Cloud migration are going to vary, depending on your existing set-up, your chosen Cloud provider, and so on. There are some good general principles to keep in mind as you move through your migration roadmap.
What should you keep in mind to preserve and enhance your data security following your Cloud migration?
It’s essential to understand and evaluate the privacy practices and policies of your Cloud service provider. That includes considering your provider’s security certifications, track record of data breaches, incident response capabilities, and transparency regarding their security measures.
Bear in mind that the jurisdiction in which your data is stored can significantly affect the applicable laws and regulations. This can be less obvious when using the Cloud than it is on-prem– 46% of organizations cite achieving visibility and control of data as a major Cloud challenge.
Knowing where your data is stored and how that affects your obligations is key. Consider selecting a Cloud provider, like Qlik, that allows you to select your server region.
Cloud-based solutions typically offer built-in data backup and recovery mechanisms. However, it’s still vital to understand the relevant backup policies, data retention periods, and recovery processes.
This helps to ensure business continuity and minimize data loss in the event of a disaster or system failure. Regularly reviewing and testing your processes strengthens your ability to bounce back as swiftly as possible!
Understanding roles and responsibilities within data security is crucial. In the context of the Cloud, this involves identifying data processors and controllers, determining who has remote access to sensitive information, and being aware of the platforms and tools used to handle your data.
This knowledge ensures proper data governance, mitigates risks of unauthorized access or misuse, and enables you to effectively implement security measures.
Choosing the right partners to work with is one of the most important steps you can take to preserve and enhance your data security following your Cloud migration. Qlik Cloud + Vizlib is the powerful, seamless and secure solution you need.
A leading data analytics platform, Qlik Cloud “incorporates leading security technologies and modern open standards to provide users with the confidence that their data [is] secure.”
VIzlib is the largest and most trusted solution for Qlik Cloud. Because we’re a push-only service, besides a license check, we don’t look at any stored data, or transfer any data outside of your site. We’ve been granted an ISO 27001 certification – the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of a robust ISMS.
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