Secure navigation in the cloud

Cloud computing promises enticing benefits. But what about protecting sensitive data? Will the much-vaunted possibilities really exhaust? Important factors are mainly the areas of authentication, authorization, and accountability. That it is this alone not done, shows the following contribution.

In the world of information technology, no other topic currently provides well for such attention as cloud computing. Once touted as a cost-effective, flexible option for small or medium-sized enterprises, now even the largest corporations are interested in knowing the hitherto felt their business data than business critical, too familiar or too complex to outsource to a cloud services model.

More and more companies of all sizes in all industries recognize the advantages of the cloud model for hosting applications, hardware and data management. Companies can not only reduce their costs and increase their efficiency – through cloud services, organizations also can focus on the key strategic challenges rather than to struggle with administrative tasks.

Cloud computing provides dynamic configuration options and an unlimited access every time zone and from any location. For entrepreneurial core areas – such as scheduling, inventory management, and POS data collection – Cloud computing is ideally suited to manage large amounts of data and complex relationships in the supply chain invisible and smoothly.

Against the dangers of natural disasters or other serious disruption, cloud computing offers safe and reliable protection, since continuity is ensured. As leaders of JDA on the occasion of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 traveled to Japan, business continuity was all customers at the top of the priority list. Here, cloud computing offers a simple and inexpensive solution.

Cloud computing is an extremely short payback can be achieved. The full hosting of software and data is to create within just 15 days. In this way, companies can immediately benefit from technology investments, rather than having to wait for the often lengthy provisioning and configuration of an internal IT infrastructure.

Despite all the convincing advantages of the fact of concerns ensures that companies should entrust their precious data to other companies. Because this data is ultimately the foundation of their business model. From an economic point of view is much evidence to outsource hardware, software and important data. However, this requires trust, which is based on reliable operational processes. Spectacular data breaches at credit card companies, insurance companies, universities and government agencies provide regular headlines. They have clearly pointed to the threats we are now exposed to in our technologically networked real-time world.

Before a company makes the leap to the cloud or investments increased to the cloud, it is essential to check with each provider the security of data. The safe operation (in) the cloud requires that the most important data is protected to a great extent, which meets at least the requirements of the company concerned, if not exceed. The data should be safe, well protected and readily available, to respond anytime, anywhere to the most pressing challenges of competition.