Can Organzations trust their data security in the cloud?
No more question marks – There is a growing global trend towards adopting cloud solutions. Last year, more than 80% of 4,000 business and IT managers surveyed worldwide by the Ponemon Institute indicated that they were transferring, or plan to transfer sensitive or confidential data into the cloud. Nearly half of the respondents’ organizations already did so, and another one-third of respondents’ organizations were very likely to transfer sensitive or confidential data to the cloud within the next two years.
Data security is a primary concern for the U.S. In May 2013, the U.S. Government awarded Amazon a security clearance to allow federal agencies to easily use its cloud computing services as part of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a mandatory government-wide program that standardizes security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud products and services. The Program’s Cloud First policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.
Like the U.S. government, TaKaDu uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its cloud software system. Amazon’s multi-layer security is built on world-class physical security, environmental safeguards, IT security, business practices and transparent auditing, as well as design for high availability and backup. As a global leader in Water Network Monitoring, TaKaDu provides Software-as-a-Service solution for its customers. All network processing is performed through Amazon’s remote EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) computing facilities. Amazon’s automatic scalability allows users to define specific conditions such as hourly, daily, or weekly variability in usage. TaKaDu’s exchange protocols and data stream encryption also meet or exceed leading industry and government standards.
According to TaKaDu’s VP of R&D, Benny Keinan, “A software company’s most important asset is its ‘source code’, which holds all the ‘secrets’. Recently, there is a trend of software companies shifting from an on-premise source control solution, to use cloud services for source control such as GitHub or Amazon. IT security is not TaKaDu’s core competency, thus it makes most sense to allow an outside, expert provider such as Amazon manage its secure data instead of building its own data center. This allows us to provide our customers with the highest reliability and security level.”