There a variety of benefits to cloud computing. Backing up important data makes it readily available to everyone in your company and frees up space on your servers. You probably have many concerns about cloud security and might be wondering if cloud security will protect your client’s data and adhere to HIPAA, PCI or Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.
Do cloud storage solutions adhere to these regulations? Are they required to? If they haven’t spelled it out in their privacy policies, it is safest to assume they are not compliant. We will explore this more below.
Cloud security has become an important issue recently, as more and more companies turn to online storage solutions, looking for greater simplicity, scalability and affordability. Yet the price in both money and reputation for improper handling of customer data can be very high indeed. If your business should comply to key regulations associated with patient privacy (HIPAA), credit card security (PCI) or the finance-sector strictures of Sarbanes-Oxley, it can be hard to find out if a service complies with these important restrictions.
Who is responsible
Currently there’s no law in place that requires a company to divulge these details. Cloud computing services can save your organization money while improving efficiency, but they could also risk noncompliance with privacy laws. This leaves the risk on your shoulders and it is up to you to weigh the benefits and threats for yourself. The topic of cloud security is likely to be one of much debate in coming years. At the moment, the right road to travel is the the one that best meets your company’s particular needs.