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Azure Hybrid and Security

Data Security. These words are in the forefront of many people’s minds and just hearing them may bring on an instant tension headache. Whether you’re in Europe dealing with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that went into effect in May, or here in the US, security and compliance is a hot topic today.

The GDPR handles privacy much differently than before and, yes, if you’re in the US but have business or clients in the UK, you need to be ready as well. With these added regulations, many people are talking about the cloud or hybrid scenario.

Many of us are more comfortable with our data being handled locally, but that does not mean it’s more secure. Location is only one aspect of compliance. Today, I’d like to tell you 4 ways to take advantage of the cloud to help you become more secure.

1. Every time you provision a new service or add more business value, you need to take care of security.

Cloud providers take care of this for you. They have a vested interest in making sure the security of their platform is in place for you. As these platforms add new value-added resources, you can continue to grow your business with security taken care of.

2. Cloud facilities are physically more secure.

Cloud providers, with their multiple layers of security, processes and constant auditing and regulations, provide more security than your own data center–period.

3. Patching.

Cloud providers have very specific requirements to patch on a regular basis and to maintain their security, as well as be compliant with the numerous regulations in the industry, therefore, taking this responsibility off your team.

4. Cloud providers hire the best in the business.

They invest money to have the best and brightest specialists to ensure your environment is secure. They want to be sure you have everything you need to be secure and compliant.

If you are serious about security in your environment and your data, you should be considering the cloud. They are likely doing it better than you can and they are constantly improving.


Steve Hughes is a Principal Consultant at Magenic. His area of expertise is in data and business intelligence architecture on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. He was also the data architect for a SaaS company which delivered a transportation management solution for fleets across the United States. Steve has co-authored two books and delivered more than 30 presentations on SQL Server and data architecture over the past six years. He also provides insights from the field on his blog at http://dataonwheels.wordpress.com.


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