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BLOG: The health of cloud security

Koh Eng Kheng | March 28, 2012
Healthcare organisations cannot afford to ignore the economic benefits of storing operational and clinical data in the cloud.

Things to consider 

There are a few additional things that you should take into consideration to ensure that the data is being protected. Your cloud solution should include:

  • Embedded encryption that secures data backup and archive data in-flight or stored within the cloud,
    Integrated alerting, reporting and data verification functionality to help ensure that data has safely reached the cloud without the risk associated with manual scripting or standalone gateway appliances,
    Native REST/HTTP integration to deliver seamless data and information management across on-site and cloud-based storage architectures, and
    Integrated features, such as de-duplication and compression to enable efficient movement of backup and archive data across a network for long-term cloud storage.

It is inevitable that healthcare IT organisations will turn to the cloud to keep pace with the growth of data and the demands placed upon them by meaningful-use requirements. It may take time to overcome the fear inherent in handing over control of your data to someone else. But consider this: There was a time when using a credit card online invoked the same type of fear; nobody wanted to be the first to dip a toe in the pool. The technology needed to keep data secure, protected and recoverable is here today, and adoption will grow. It's just a matter of time.      

Koh Eng Kheng is managing director, ASEAN, CommVault



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