It’s no longer a matter of if organizations will utilize cloud computing in their IT environments, it’s a matter of when. A recent study found that while 93 percent of organizations are using at least one cloud service today, 30 percent of those surveyed more than half of their IT services to be cloud-based in two to three years.

The top three cloud services used today are web hosting, email hosting, and cloud storage and file sharing. A major growth area in the next year will be online backup and recovery, with infrastructure as a service coming in a close second.

This evolution is opening the minds of many executives with whom I speak to using a secure cloud for storage, application development, or just creating a clean segment of their IT network. The conversations I’m having with companies now is turning to whether they should build or buy a secure cloud for these needs.

Especially in the United States, the intricate patchwork of country, state, and industry-specific compliance regulations means many executives want a third-party expert to provide an out-of-the-box secure cloud with compliance and cybersecurity built in by default. It takes a great deal of time, money, and people to build the secure cloud environments necessary to keep your data safe.

Cloud vendors understand they need to deploy vertical-specific solutions that meet specific security, compliance, and risk management needs. When you are speaking with third-party cloud vendors, start the conversation with these three important questions:

  1. What are the exact compliance regulations I must satisfy? You don’t have the time to teach a third-party vendor about your industry. They should already know the exact compliance regulations you need to address – if they don’t know PCI from HIPAA, end the conversation immediately. You must find a cybersecurity vendor that can act as a trusted advisor to help you navigate this complex field of compliance and ultimately keep your data safe.
  2. How quickly can I spin up your cloud to maintain business continuity? Third-party cybersecurity specialists should have a quick start guide for its cloud solution that helps you ramp up fast – cloud computing means scalability, flexibility, and speed. They should include a security controls matrix that maps any architecture decisions, components, and configuration to the security requirements by which you must abide. This should be turnkey – no custom development necessary. You shouldn’t need to spend months and tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars in consulting costs to fine tune a secure cloud environment to meet your needs.
  3. If your secure cloud detects a cyberattack, what happens next? Technology is only one piece of the cybersecurity puzzle. The right people and process must be in place to ensure that when cyberattacks are flagged, the response is immediate, swift, and complete. Target used industry-leading cybersecurity technology that found the infamous cyberattack that cost it millions before it did any damage. However, Target didn’t have the right people and process in place to do anything with the alerts its technology solution provided. Any third-party vendor that tries to sell you technology without the means to truly use it is not worth your time.  

US Cyber Vault knows that compliance regulations are table stakes in today’s cybersecurity battle. We work with companies in various industries to deploy secure cloud environments with Vault, our flagship solution. Vault protects your assets with hardened security implemented at every layer, from hardware to application. Military-grade encryption is applied to all your data and communications by default and the speed of our threat detection is unparalleled: less than 24 hours, not the industry standard of 7 months. If an unplanned event should occur, countermeasures trap the attacker and mitigate damage while our seasoned intelligence team responds immediately. 

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Written by Rob LaMear, CEO, US Cyber Vault

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