Businesses Need to Be Confident in the Security Standards of Cloud Providers Before Switching, New Find the Edge Article Says

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Recent cyber-attacks from Syrian activists have provided an important reminder about the need to consider security when outsourcing to a cloud provider, Adrian Spink says in an article published on Find the Edge today.

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The more organisations that are involved in providing your cloud services, the less direct control you have over preventing a security breach.

IT security expert, Adrian Spink, has explained the importance of conducting a full assessment of a cloud provider’s security procedures before outsourcing, in a new Find the Edge article.

He uses his post to discuss the lessons that can be learned from recent high profile security breaches.

Spink said: “What’s intriguing about the Syrian activists’ attack is how it exposes a basic security loophole that might not have appeared obvious to the firms affected.

“In this case it appears that their hosting company was targeted because one of its reseller usernames and passwords had fallen into the wrong hands.

“But it’s not just web sites that are hosted in the cloud. More and more organisations are trusting critical data and services to outsourced hosts. The more organisations that are involved in providing your cloud services, the less direct control you have over preventing a security breach.”

Spink explains that while outsourcing to cloud providers can offer many advantages, its important to be proactive, and to independently assess the threat to a company’s data.

He said: “The point is that you can’t undo a breach once it’s happened. This episode is a salutary reminder that when you outsource anything – from your web site to your core business systems – to a cloud provider, you need to take the initiative and ensure its security standards match what you’d demand of in-house services.

“The more critical the system, the more important it is to take appropriate precautions.”

The article can be read in full here: http://www.findtheedge.com/technology/security/what-are-the-security-implications-of-the-syrian-activists-cyber-attacks.

Adrian Spink is an IT security expert and CEO of Company 85, which is an independent technology consultancy that focusses on cyber security, IT transformation and storage solutions. More about him can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.com/expert-panelist/adrian-spink.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: “The recent cyber-attacks highlight the fact that all organisations – regardless of size - using cloud providers should be aware of the dangers that are out there.

“Adrian offers some great advice for anyone considering outsourcing to the cloud in this article.”

Find the Edge is a business website that provides leaders with a platform to pass on their knowledge and insight to other members of the business community.

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