The Other Data to Secure when Migrating to Cloud

  • Apr 2, 2019
  • data security

The Other Data to Secure when Migrating to Cloud

Data security is certainly one of the hottest topics associated with Public Cloud adoption.

“Security” is one of the main pillars we consistently see addressed by all public cloud providers. The more you research, the more you find data suggests that security within the cloud is somewhat bullet-proof.

Which makes perfect sense. Anyone migrating to the cloud needs to know their data is secure within it. They’ve even covered the manner in which workloads are moved to the cloud.

The leading Managed Service Providers (MSPs), such as Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant, HCL, Rackspace and others, have all developed strategies and proven methods to move the data through “secure gateways” or “secure portable devices” to ensure there is no data breech. Again, data suggests the risks are accounted for and the methods are impenetrable.

What about The Other Data to secure?

Now comes the part that none of these entities seem to be interested in addressing as part of the overall cloud migration solution. What happens when the lights are no longer blinking, and the client is left with a data center full of data-bearing server and storage devices?

I’ve personally had dozens of conversations with executives from the leading Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) and MSPs around the globe. Time and again I’ve heard statements like this:

"We don’t have a solution for that.”

“We never considered that business issue.”

“We don’t want to involve ourselves in that liability.”

“We don’t offer a partner track for that capability.”

What it means for you

Public Cloud adoption leads to retiring legacy assets. Legacy assets contain data-bearing devices that create risk to brand and shareholder value.

When developing strategies related to Cloud, this can’t be an afterthought. If the CSPs and MSPs aren’t going to include this as part of the solution packages they offer to you, then it’s up to you to factor it into your business strategy.

There’s too much risk to overlook this step in your cloud migration strategy. Don’t rely on your CSP or MSP to be ready to help.

Engage a partner early on as you build your migration strategy. Factor in plans for how you’ll decommission your data center hardware, and secure and/or destroy the data it contains.

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