Are you covered? 3 Critical Data Protection Functions for Cloud IT

3 critical data protection functions for cloud ITRegardless of where you are on your cloud migration journey, there are three data protection practices that you must consider to ensure your critical business information is safe and always available. These are: managing user access, defining data security policies, and implementing proper backup and recovery.

Identity and Access Management

Every organization moving to a SaaS application like Office 365, Salesforce, or Google Apps for Work implements basic user management, authentication, and authorization. They have to as part of the migration. However, some fall short of implementing the breadth of identity controls necessary to properly protect data over time, especially if the application was adopted by the line of business.

Getting identity management solutions in place for your SaaS applications will help you to effectively manage access to the applications, enable users to keep up with their access credentials for the various apps they are using across a breadth of browsers and devices, and ensure compliance is being met — even for your cloud-based applications.  

Data Loss Prevention

Agility and collaboration are key reasons that organizations are making the move to SaaS applications. However, the increased collaboration among users gives up a lot of control over corporate data. Users can easily create, copy, change, delete and share data with almost anyone. To maintain a solid data governance strategy as your data moves into the cloud, a cloud data loss prevention strategy can help to define and automatically enforce policies that will keep your data in the right hands.

Backup and Recovery

Many organizations leveraging the cloud wrongfully assume that SaaS providers have backup and recovery covered for them, but the truth is, these activities remain incumbent upon every organization, regardless of where their data is managed, accessed, or stored. No company, industry, or geographic region is exempt from data loss, and without a complete backup solution, anyone can fall victim. Having SaaS application data automatically backed up and available for point-in-time restores enables organizations to move to the cloud with complete peace of mind, free from worry about data loss possibilities.

Want to learn more about these important areas of cloud data protection? Watch this on-demand webinar to learn:

  • Why data protection is a shared responsibility between you and the provider;
  • Best practices for automating user access, data security and data protection; and,
  • How Spanning can alleviate your risk of data loss with automated backup and recovery.