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Cybersecurity in the Cloud: How Safe is Your Data?

June 21, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

quality_tech.jpgCloud-based software is a growing option for quality management solutions. It is a cost-effective way to lessen IT burden and build a software solution that works best for you.

But with new technology comes a new set of cybersecurity challenges. Cybersecurity threats pose ever-present and constantly changing challenges to organizations, especially those that deal with sensitive, personal and competitive data. Consequently, people may be hesitant to adopt a cloud-based software solution.

However, there are cloud-based options that are secure and lessen the risk of a cybersecurity attack.

Here are three things to do and look for when looking for or setting up a cloud-based quality management system.

  1. Adopt a full lifecycle approach to security.

The FDA recently released official guidance for postmarket cybersecurity management. The strongest takeaway was the recommendation of a full lifecycle approach to security.

This approach means that cybersecurity should be a consideration from the start to finish of any process, whether it be a product lifecycle or business operations. Having a system for monitoring and detecting possible issues is very important. This may mean involving cybersecurity stakeholders to research and consult on potential weaknesses, but that investment is certainly worth it.

  1. Choose your software carefully.

Just because a vendor offers a cloud solution doesn’t mean it’s safe and secure. Look for a solution with a multi-layer security approach hosted in a dedicated environment. In a dedicated environment, the space is yours, rather than multitenant clouds where multiple customers share data space. This way, data can only be accessed by your personnel.

Furthermore, vendors should be clear about their privacy and security policies and certifications. Ambiguity in this area is a red flag that should be avoided at all cost. Vendors should also provide constant support, crisis management and data backup protocols for you.

  1. Get proactive with risk management.

The best way to handle cybersecurity threats is to prevent them in the first place. Having a proactive risk management plan puts you ahead of attacks rather than responding to them. Risk tools help you identify and understand the level of risk for any number of scenarios. You can also use risk to measure the effectiveness of your preventive actions for smarter decision making.

This way, you save the time, money and negative impacts associated with security breaches by working to prevent them rather than recovering from them. A proactive approach with risk management at its forefront saves time, money and other resources in the long run, even if it requires more initial work.

So, while it’s true that some cloud-based solutions may not be a secure place for your data, the right ones can be. A dedicated, secure cloud from a certified vendor can give you the security and tools you need to succeed with a reduced risk of cybersecurity attacks.

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Topics: Quality Management