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Top Five Security Considerations to Look for in a Cloud Provider

Security continues to be a top barrier to cloud adoption, recent surveys confirm. This only makes sense, since the costs of a security breach or failure to meet regulatory guidelines are simply too high to ignore.

To help companies determine a secure path to cloud computing, a new video series lays out the five things every organization should expect from a cloud service provider. The three-part series features industry leaders Irfan Saif, principal at Deloitte, as well as Oracle CIO Mark Sunday and Gail Coury, Oracle’s vice president of risk management.

Think Holistically
"You have to think about security holistically," Saif says in one video. "It's about looking at the big picture rather than narrow functional requirements."

To help get such a holistic view, Saif says organizations need to ask the following five key questions.

  • Maturity. Does the cloud provider have a well-established security program, including strong resources and strategy, as well as clear operational plans, policies, and procedures?
  • Flexibility. What features and functionalities does the provider allow you to configure and customize according to your own security and privacy requirements, including fine-grain control?
  • Performance. Does the cloud provider have the storage, performance, and scalability to meet your business needs?
  • Resiliency. How is the provider able to deal with outages and/or data loss?
  • Commitment. How many resources—people, infrastructure, training, and communications—has the provider committed to its security strategy?

Watch the new cloud security video series.

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