What are the 3 surefire ways to kill a cloud project:
- Not understanding compliance
- Betting on the wrong horse
- Not including IT
Thanks to David Linthicum for his recent excellent short article “3 surefire ways to kill a cloud project.”
These 3 cloud killers are particularly relevant to deployment of secure file transfer in the cloud. I thought it would be worth reviewing how Accellion defends against these cloud killers:
1. Not understanding compliance – It’s all about compliance
From Accellion’s perspective it’s all about compliance. Ensuring compliance is foremost in any secure file transfer deployment, whether it be on-premise or in-the-cloud. Since Accellion secure file transfer deployments can span on-premise and in-the-cloud we have implemented comprehensive data protection features to provide the control, tracking and reporting necessary to demonstrate compliance.
• Data in Motion - To protect the data moving through the Accellion secure file transfer system Accellion provides not only business level authentication but also encryption for data in motion. Data is transferred using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol including 128 bit encryption, and Accellion includes additional file encryption capabilities before upload using the AES 128 bit encryption scheme.
• Data at Rest - Accellion provides disk encryption using 128 bit encryption to protect stored data. File names are de-referenced when stored by the Accellion secure file transfer system to ensure that files are inaccessible on the server.
2. Betting on the wrong horse – Betting on the right horse
Accellion utilizes the Amazon Web Services AWS Cloud Computing Platform to deliver our hosted Cloud Accellion Secure File Transfer service. We picked Amazon Cloud because of its SAS70 Type II Certified Data Centers, 99.5% annual uptime service levels and its global distribution of data centers designed to anticipate and tolerate failure while maintaining service levels. We think we are betting on the right horse, however we also give our customers the option to deploy Accellion secure file transfer in the cloud of their choice, either public or private.
3. Not including IT – Including IT
Accellion believes that ensuring data security and compliance should not be left to business users. We don’t support adoption of rogue applications, in fact we think they are particularly hazardous for file transfer. Allowing business users to utilize free online file sharing services provides no visibility or control of the flow of enterprise information. At Accellion we work closely with IT organizations to deploy secure file transfer systems and provision business users to keep enterprise data transfer safe.
Thanks again David for the tips on staying away from 3 common cloud killers.