It’s predicted that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. 41% of these workloads are predicted to run on public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. An additional 20% are predicted to be private-cloud-based, followed by another 22% running on hybrid cloud platforms.
More small-and mid-sized organizations are taking a cloud-first approach to their business operations, leveraging productivity tools like Google G Suite, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Office 365. After all, the cloud comes with benefits such as scalability and increased innovation and effectiveness. Plus, it can help organizations reduce costs, increase collaboration, and give employees the ability to share and be more productive anywhere they work.
However, there is too often a divide between keeping data secure and making sure employees can access and share data efficiently. Full-scale cloud adoption presents significant challenges for many organizations, especially those bound by the constraints of legacy infrastructure, those in highly-regulated industries, or those that are simply risk-averse. But it’s not impossible.
Here are five best practices that will give you control over your data—and ensure it stays private and secure—at every stage of your cloud journey:
Being skeptical of managing your data in the cloud is okay. Locking yourself into working with a single vendor or, worse, blindly trusting one, will put your data at risk. And when it comes to really protecting your data, securing the communication layer in your environment isn’t enough. You have to protect the data itself to ensure persistent and perpetual control. Seek out a data protection solution that provides:
Whether you’ve already begun your digital transformation or are just beginning to think about it, the cloud is loaded with benefits that are aimed to increase business performance, scalability, and innovation. Download a free copy of our ebook ‘Securing the Digital Workplace’ to learn more about managing your data in today’s digital workplace.
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