March 7, 2017

Cetrom in Digital Guardian: An Expert Guide To Securing Sensitive Data

Article mentioning Christopher Stark as a security professional along with his insight on the most effective approaches to advanced threat protection. Experts reveal the biggest mistakes companies make with Data Security.

"Accessibility to information anytime and anywhere makes the cloud an attractive option for companies looking for assistance with storing sensitive data. Before a company decides to store critical information in the cloud, there needs to be a level of trust with the cloud vendor it chooses. The biggest mistake companies make when deciding to store sensitive data in the cloud is…

Choosing the wrong vendor.

An error in judgment or shortening of the vetting process of prospective cloud vendors can leave a company vulnerable, because information thought to be secure could actually be accessed by hackers. Often times, companies face issues related to security and accessibility when it partners with a cloud vendor that does not confirm where the data will be stored. This could lead to increased retrieval time for information or data breaches in the most extreme cases.

The ideal vendor for a company is a solution provider that stores information off-site in a U.S.-based data center that is under lock and key, physically and logically. From the data center, the cloud vendor will have the capability to transmit sensitive data to a company's headquarters, satellite offices or to staff members working via the cloud using 256 bit encryption. The cloud vendor will have security protocols in place to ensure or restrict access to information as appropriate and the IT staff overseeing the data storage and retrieval processes will undergo thorough background checks.

When a company partners with a cloud vendor it trusts, it can rest assured that sensitive data is secure. Companies can save themselves from making the critical mistake of choosing the wrong vendor by simply doing their due diligence. This involves checking references, confirming with prospective vendors where data is stored and the lengths they will go to physically and philosophically protect relevant information.

Christopher Stark is the President and CEO of Cetrom Information Technology, Inc., an industry-leading provider of custom cloud solutions. A veteran of the IT industry with more than 25 years of experience in all facets of the IT industry, and holding some of the industry's most prestigious technical certifications, Stark founded Cetrom in 2001 based on the premise that there was a smarter, easier way to conduct business."

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