More and more companies are betting on Cloud Computing as the perfect tool to manage their resources, documents and have the information always available and up-to-date anytime, anywhere. Given the current situation, many of them have taken the final step. Numerous companies have also emerged that offer these services, making it difficult to decide on the right cloud provider. In this article, we’ll discover the keys to selecting a cloud provider that will provide the cloud services that are needed.

What are the keys to selecting a cloud provider?

Keep in mind that that provider we trust to host our company’s information in the cloud must comply with all necessary security measures.

There are three fundamental points that need to be studied before deciding on one or the other.

  • The security measures they have. It is important to know the encryption, where the server is physically located, whether the maintenance is up to date or if they offer backups on a regular basis, access to the data or firewalls they have.
  • Data protection. The importance of security of customer, vendor, or employee data is already known. It is necessary to ensure that the cloud service provider has all the guarantees in this regard. Thus complying with the European GDPR.
  • Response to incidents. Accidents happen and you have to be prepared for them. They must first be pro-active, but it is important to require these providers to have an information retrieval plan in case something happens and that that data can be counted on in the shortest possible time.

With the entry into force in May 2018 of the GDPR,the data protection of users, customers or suppliers has become much more important. Each company must keep in mind and comply with all regulations to ensure that this information is safe from prying eyes.

When uploading information to the cloud this protection remains our company’s responsibility and it is important to require vendors to have the protocols necessary to ensure this security.

Main principles of a cloud provider:

  • Transparency. You must inform your customers if any of its services are outsourced and ensure that the company also complies with the regulations.
  • Confidentiality. Ensure that the contracted staff has the precise training and that the confidentiality of the data will be respected.
  • Comply with regulations. At each and every one of its points, such as protocols access to information, rectification of data or deletion if requested by the owners of them.

Without a doubt, the cloud has become a great ally of companies in recent years, but as we have seen it is important to demand cloud provider minimums to ensure the security of the information and all the advantages offered by being able to consult the data from anywhere and anytime.