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Solved: Data security after your Cloud migration

Solved: Data security after your Cloud migration

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.

By the way, have you heard about our new eBook on demystifying your Cloud migration strategy? I’ve heard that it’s the perfect quick-reference guide. If I were you, I would definitely download it for free here. 

(Not that I’m biased or anything.)

(I wrote it.)

How the Cloud enhances your data security 

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.

From on-premise to the Cloud

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.

Data security and your migration journey

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. 

  • Identify any security weaknesses before the migration, so you can account for and improve on vulnerabilities during your migration and in your new Cloud environment.
  • Encryption safeguards your data during transfer and storage, adding an extra layer of protection against unauthorized access.
  • Create a well-defined migration plan that includes backup and recovery procedures. This helps minimize the chances of data loss or corruption.
  • Continuously monitor and audit throughout the migration process to identify and address any security vulnerabilities promptly.

Keeping data secure in the Cloud 

What should you keep in mind to preserve and enhance your data security following your Cloud migration? 

Data privacy 

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.

Data sovereignty

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.

Backup and recovery

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

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. 

Vizlib + Qlik: Your secure Cloud-based solution

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.

Find more information here on how Vizlib and Qlik help you meet your privacy and security obligations, including under the GDPR.

Unlocking the benefits of the Cloud starts with the right migration strategy

Download our eBook here to create an informed, effective Cloud migration strategy. We cover the benefits, tips on creating the perfect roadmap, explore case studies, and so much more. 

If you’d like to learn more about data security in Healthcare, check out our blog here. For another perspective on data security, learn how cyber security analytics can empower IT teams.

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