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Pay attention to the risks when adopting cloud tools

/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/273909_l_srgb_s_gl_172989.jpgThe coming year is set to be a busy one for IT departments, as many companies will be keen to adopt solutions that can save them money and improve the efficiency of their operations.

For a large number of firms, this will involve turning to cloud-based services, which can provide advanced capabilities to enterprises of all sizes, which may be especially useful to smaller organisations without the resources to do everything in-house.

However, there are a few things that companies need to bear in mind when migrating operations to the cloud, with elements such as risk and security key factors that need to be looked at carefully if a deployment is to be successful.

It was observed by Computer World that there are several common mis-steps that businesses make in this area when organising cloud services, such as assuming that all their risk and security responsibilities will be outsourced to their cloud provider.

This is far from the case, as firms will still be ultimately responsible for what happens to any data they own.  Therefore, its vital companies study potential solutions carefully so they are sure exactly what will be offered as part of a package and what will fall on them.

In the UK, the importance of this was highlighted last year by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which warned firms they are ultimately liable for the safety of their data. As the organisation has the power to fine companies up to £500,000 for serious data breaches, it obvious this is not an area enterprises can afford to overlook.

Computer World added it’s also vital that IT departments take full control of all cloud deployments, with fully comprehensive tools highly useful in achieving this. It was noted it is easier than ever for individual business units to bypass procedure and set up their own cloud solutions using consumer-grade technology, which could leave enterprises exposed to greater risk.

“While these cloud applications may offer quick resolution to specific feature needs, the risks and vulnerabilities they introduce can lead to significant costs in damages, systems failures, breaches and fines for noncompliance,” warned Jerry Irvine, member of the US National Cyber Security Task Force, which is why businesses need to take close control of all their cloud solutions.


That’s why it helps that in choosing your cloud solutions from SAP – you can rely on state of the art security with the associated IS certifications delivered along with all the other benefits below as part of your monthly license fee.  More information can be found on how SAP keep the SAP Business ByDesign infrastructure secure and runnning from this article.

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