The cloud computing paradigm offers organizations many business and technical advantages that are driving its popularity. While these benefits may be substantial, migrating or deploying systems and applications to the cloud creates a more diverse and complex environment for your IT team to manage. It’s one of the tradeoffs required when you employ the cloud’s immense resources.
If you have SQL databases that live in the cloud there is a good chance that at least some of them contain business-critical information. Keeping this data safe and secure is just as important as before the cloud was involved. One of the most consequential responsibilities of the database team is to ensure that their databases are being properly backed up. This includes verifying the data can only be accessed by authorized individuals. These tasks are complicated when the cloud is used to host or backup your databases.
Potential Security Risks of Cloud Storage
The cloud introduces data security risks which must be considered and addressed if you value the safety of your information. These risks can affect the data in the systems themselves or the storage that is used to back them up. Among the most critical are:
Mitigating Cloud Storage Security Risks
Steps can be taken to minimize the risks of storing data in the cloud. Here are some of the ways you can address these specific risks.
A Tool for Resilient Database Protection
You will notice a common thread in the threat mitigation techniques discussed above. Backups are involved in one way or another in each method of protecting your data. This fact implies that you need to have a tool that can help harden the backup process you use to protect your databases and identify gaps which need to be filled. The tool should also provide insight into the stored data that enables you to address regulatory concerns and demonstrate compliance.
SQL Safe Backup from IDERA is the right tool to protect your SQL databases whether they are hosted on-premises or in the cloud. It offers the ability to create secure backups directly to cloud storage employing 128 and 256-bit AES encryption with a minimal performance impact. Cloud-based storage is fully supported and the tool can be integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager to comply with enterprise storage policies.
SQL Safe Backup provides support for SQL Server instances on cloud virtual machines and can access cloud storage that is mapped as a network drive. It can manage all SQL Server backups in a hybrid environment from a single backup tool. Multiple user interfaces are supplied to enable you to view the data conveniently. A central repository stores backup information for auditing purposes which can be used to assist in demonstrating compliance with regulatory guidelines. It’s a great tool to help minimize the risk of cloud storage to your critical databases.