Cloud computing comprises of compelling operational benefits alongside the regular economic ones. It also ensures significant cost savings especially when virtualization of IT resources is done. Following this, it becomes easy to deploy brand new applications. Yet, in order to unlock the valuable business benefits of cloud technology, data safety challenges need to be addressed.

This blog outlines a few data related concerns encountered in a cloud based environment and ways to address the same. Such cloud related challenges are labelled as ‘data security issues’ by industry experts.

Cloud computing makes its users share physical resources (such as storage hardware) with multiple others through pooled/shared virtualisation layers.  This leads to risks cropping up within the user’s stack. Many a times, the neighbouring VM (virtual machine) could as well be malicious thereby leading to hypervisor attacks, identity thefts and in the worst case, a crashed server!

Such a lax access management involves side-channel attack possibilities. In order to overcome the situation, data can be moved from a static (physical) server to a virtual environment (volume). As a result, data becomes mobile and highly accessible. Additionally, it becomes easier for a storage admin to replicate the user’s data when server maintenance routines are run.

A reliable service provider does this with the help of careful controls to ensure that hackers don’t break-in. Robust security apps and firewalls are deployed to alleviate privacy & data security risks. Such management technologies have a industry-standard encryption for a well-controlled access. Industry recognition means that the data is unreadable and unusable at all times for unauthorised programs. When a VM contains such a simple agent, data automatically becomes tamper proof. Moreover, users leverage exclusive control of every single encryption key for a robust VM-level root-access.

Hence, a robust management servers allow users to view system configuration settings through a complete audit trail of due approvals, thereby eliminating data threats on the cloud.