Like anything in business, cloud computing comes with both benefits and risks. According to Microsoft’s whitepaper, The Microsoft Approach to Cloud Transparency, “the opportunity offered by cloud computing requires balancing the benefits of moving data, processing, and capacities to the cloud with the implications of data security, privacy, reliability, and regulatory requirements.”
So how can you be sure that your cloud services provider can be trusted to balance those factors?
One of the best ways to determine whether or not you can trust your cloud provider is to get third-party validation of their security practices and privacy procedures.
Gene Phifer, vice president distinguished analyst for Gartner, gave this advice, “Enterprises should ensure that potential cloud service providers are trustworthy in areas of security, privacy and operational characteristics – Transparency in a cloud vendor is key and security should be as big of a concern with online deployments as with on-premises deployments.”
- They have posted self-assessments for all three of their cloud services on the Cloud Security Alliance’s Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR)
- When engaging customers, Microsoft provides documentation that specifies Microsoft-shared responsibilities with regard to applications and data that customers entrust to them; such documentation is essential for organizations that have regulatory or compliance obligations.
- They have proactively responded to the extensive list of privacy and security questions that the Cloud Security Alliance recommends you ask a potential cloud services provider and made those answers available to the public.
- They launched The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Trust Center so that you have a one-stop shop for all of the privacy, security, and compliance information about their cloud CRM solution.
Microsoft is striving to be an industry leader in transparency for all of their cloud services so that you can feel confident trusting your critical business data to their cloud.
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