Ways Your Business Can Maintain Data Integrity
So, you’ve made the decision to use a cloud storage solution. But that’s only your first step. How you implement that solution is critical to keeping your data’s integrity intact.
We’ve already discussed some basic security practices that can make your data more secure in the cloud. Now let’s talk about two big picture ideas to keep your data’s integrity intact.
Have a Plan
It’s not enough to just upload all of your data to the cloud. You’ve got to make a crucial decision about how you’ll store it in the cloud.
How you store your data is up to you, but it helps to divide your data into roughly two different categories:
1. Data you need consistent access to, and
2. Archival data that you don’t need consistent access to
You can create more categories, but these are two of the more common categories of data that you probably have.
Your archival data is akin to any kind of data you need to hold onto for an extended period. A great example of this is medical records, as well as loan records, which have strict legal requirements. With this type of data, you may have to keep it for 10, 20, or even 30 years.
It’s therefore essential that you have a sufficient plan for your storage. Without it, your data can quickly become unmanageable, especially if you are digitizing your records, some of which might be on outdated equipment.
It’s also important to periodically reassess this plan. We’ve already talked about what questions we wish clients would ask security providers. Putting in a periodic reassessment assures that you are doing everything you can do to “future-proof” your plan.
Hold Your Keys
We’ve also talked about retaining control of your encryption keys, and why that’s important. But the benefits of keeping your encryption keys far outweigh the risks. By keeping your encryption keys, you’ll know that your data can’t be compromised through external encryption key theft.
It’s especially important for you to ensure your data’s integrity if it’s sensitive archival data. Keeping your encryption keys ensures that you’ll always be in control of who has access to that data. Plus, over-reliance on vendors is not a desirable security situation.
Ensuring Data Integrity and Security in Cloud Computing
It might seem overly simple, but these two cloud security strategies are critical to maintaining the long-term integrity of your data. By keeping control of your encryption keys and having a long-term plan for storing your data in the cloud, you’ll be far ahead of many firms in giving your data the protection that it needs in a digital world of ever-changing threats.
Want to learn more about data integrity and cloud security? Check out our other posts where we discuss other great solutions to security issues affecting everyone.