Data Safety in Cloud Migration
It’s not as if security comes into play only after you have moved to the cloud completely. The process of migration is itself prone to vulnerabilities that careful vendors will avoid at all costs. That means migration itself needs to be broken down into different stages and secured at each step. This will ensure that the transition is made without any loopholes or potential system compromises.
Here are some strategies for ensuring the same:
- Data isolation: One of the oldest—and most effective—techniques to secure your data is to isolate it from other sources. This can be achieved by setting up a virtual LAN comprising your systems and the cloud server hosting the migration. This will serve you even after the migration is complete.
- Traffic fingerprinting: Traffic management is tricky, but fingerprinting allows the system to recognize the type of traffic that your network generates. This means an outside access attempt, which will not be able to simulate similar characteristics, will get blocked until cleared.
- Point-in-time backups: Ask your vendor to take multiple backups during the migration process, preferably point-in-time backups. This makes sure you have a snapshot of the system for every single point of time in case something goes wrong and quick restoration is needed.
- Provider trust: The provider plays a pivotal role in cloud computing, and so it’s important to go ahead only with a provider you can trust completely. Also make sure the provider has competence in industry best practices and latest developments.
Safe migration means the system will get online in a clean and reliable state. Provided the same levels of vigilance are maintained, there’s no reason why your can’t secure your data completely.
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