The advantages that cloud computing brings are undeniable—increased agility, reduced costs, operational flexibility, and more. However, organizations sometimes hesitate to adopt the cloud because of perceived compliance issues. After all, the control that one has over on-premise data is lost when moved to the cloud, increasing dependency on a third party.
So how does one ensure that the cloud service provider ensures compliance to regulatory requirements? Simply put, it cannot be done. The onus of compliance is always on the data owner!
Regulatory compliance has become increasingly complicated, with a complex mix of regulations to adhere to, ranging from the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI- DSS) and the European Union Data Protection Directive, to name a few.
Some key elements to consider when moving data to the cloud:
Adherence to these key elements provides you with the necessary tools to ensure regulatory compliance. However, remember that this needs to be frequently verified and updated, especially given the disruptive nature of cloud technologies that leads to constantly evolving regulations.
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