Trusting the Cloud thru IT Security
The invasion of cloud computing has changed the way business adopt new applications and computing power. When cloud computing is delivered and deployed properly, it has the potential to bring cost-savings and benefits through the sharing of hardware and software resources assembled at Telsist’s data center.
As with every good thing, the alarm has sounded numerous times concerning the importance of IT security in the cloud.
The current reality is that business executives have to be attentive to how their company data is handled, who is authorized to manage it and ultimately, the security of the data. Companies face an exponential rise in threats from malware, hackers, natural or man-made disasters and employee sabotage which threatens the integrity and security of their most important asset—the data on the network.
Data security is no easy task as customers expect that a business that collects their sensitive personal information will protect it. Beyond customer expectations, there is the law. Depending on the type of industry and the country in which you reside, your company may legally be required to protect the personal information you collect.
In it’s role as an MSP (managed service provider), Telsist is a strong advocate for the benefits of cloud computing. As an established data center the security and reliability of our center is fundamental to our business. We have become borderline obsessive about the level of IT security we provide for the data center and our customers.
Take Control of the Cloud
Owning and operating our data center we know first-hand that IT security is not a product off the shelf. Rather it is an on-going process that you never turn a blind eye to. Telsist understands that the cloud is comprised of many components like network transfers, firewalls, databases, web browsers, data center and so on. More importantly we know that EACH of these individual components has security issues that must be properly addressed in order for Telsist to function as a cloud ready data center.
As a cloud provider, Telsist continues to do its homework to ensure a secure, reliable and redundant environment as is expected from our customers and by those who are looking to migrate their IT services to the cloud.
Always committed to incorporating the best-of-breed technology into our data center, Telsist has partnered Fortinet. Fortinet is the IT industry’s leading provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Fortinet products provide a broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure.
Telsist has incorporated Fortinet’s unified threat management consolidated security platform in its data center. UTM allows the protection of our network with the fastest firewall technology on the market. This permits Telsist to integrate multiple technologies that improves the control and increases performance of the data center’s network.
Like the crown jewels, hackers know where the company data is hidden and they know the weaknesses of a company’s network. Both Telsist and our customer need to be responsible for cloud security. Telsist’s commitment extends to helping our customers secure their network. With this cooperation, customers can overcome their concerns about the cloud to ultimately better protect their data and business continuity to the customers they serve.
The emergence of cloud computing has seen many MSPs promising fantastic IT services at discount prices. Be vigilant.
Before signing a managed services contract, do the research, ask the questions to make sure your MSP understands your company’s needs. More importantly, do they value your company data like their own? Here is a sample of questions to ask your managed service provider.
- If data center services are carried out by a third-party, who are they and where are they located?
- What is the physical security of the data center like?
- Does the facility have proper HVAC, backup power and fire protection?
- Where will your sensitive company data reside? Are data security measures enforced?
- Who will have control and access to your data?
- Is staff willing to listen to your concerns and answer questions?
If you are not getting all your answers, call Telsist. We will gladly talk to you about IT security and help you take control of the cloud.