Cloud services: Is my data safe in the cloud?

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Today we would like to explore the question of whether one’s own business data that is outsourced to a cloud is secure.

Medium-sized companies in particular attach great importance to autonomous action. This is also reflected in their own IT infrastructure. For example, many companies still maintain their own server landscapes today. They have well-structured and organised IT experts in-house who ensure the smooth provision of digital tools. They are willing to invest in customised software solutions, even though these also entail risks. Among other things, this software may no longer be able to be updated because it is no longer compatible with a modernised IT landscape.

Microsoft is investing more than US$1 billion in the security of its cloud environment. More than 3,500 security experts are busy every day making the Microsoft cloud platform a bit more secure and robust. But is money and personnel commitment everything? Isn’t architecture of fundamental importance? In Microsoft Azure, the Security Center is the central point within the platform. This provides the best possible protection for the Azure cloud environment – regardless of whether it is run in the data center or entirely at Microsoft or a combination of both. A central point within the overall architecture, which is a major plus from a data security perspective! Missing system updates, open access points and unencrypted data paths can all be identified and then dealt with using the tools that are also centrally available. In addition, Microsoft provides tools for compliance regulations to keep an eye on data protection as well as data security. Here, Microsoft supports the entire range of known regional and industry-specific rules with Azure Compliance. The tools for this are called Azure Policy, Compliance Manager and Azure Site Recovery, among others. Various dashboards provide a global overview with the option to also focus on the details. The Azure Site Recovery disaster recovery tool is also interesting. This means that in case of IT damage, the cloud environment can continue to be used seamlessly as if nothing had happened. For this purpose, a cloud instance consisting of data and applications is replicated to a regionally remote cloud environment. This allows you to continue working immediately in the event of a worst-case scenario. All the implementations and tools listed here are just a small sample of the out-of-the-box portfolio for Azure data protection and data security.

Companies can significantly reduce risks if they rely on standard solutions that can be adapted to the individual needs of each company. The SaaS (Software as a Service)* model is offered by some solutions. This offers many advantages for companies:

  • overcoming capacity bottlenecks
  • fast transfer of large amounts of data
  • data security and up-to-dateness of the platforms
  • optimised cost-benefit balance
  • faster integration
  • overcoming internal bottlenecks due to staff shortages

As blue-zone AG, we offer you the polumana® sales and service app as a standardised solution that can be individually adapted to your needs. If your company and therefore your team grows, the performance of our app also grows. For this, the interfaces have to be implemented once. Here we use Microsoft Azure Cloud, as it offers you and us the advantage that your data is stored in Europe and is subject to EU data protection guidelines.

If you would like to learn more about how our app solution for your field service (sales / technical service) integrates the data via Microsoft Azure Cloud, please contact us today and make an appointment with our experts. They will be happy to answer your questions.

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* https://azure.microsoft.com/de-de/overview/what-is-saas/ What is SaaS? Software-as-a-Service | Microsoft Azure