Today`s cloud solution is becoming more widespread, which provides remote access of users to data warehouses, computing resources, and software applications. Here is more about Virtual Data Room software.
Cloud technologies in modern business
Cloud computing is a new promising technology for hosting, providing, and consuming applications and computer resources, in which they become available via the Internet in the form of services located on different platforms and devices.
One of the main approaches to the implementation of cloud infrastructure is virtualization technology – the provision of computing resources abstracted from their actual hardware implementation, such as the simultaneous use of multiple, isolated from each other, operating systems and applications on a single computer. The set of computer resources that emulates the operation of individual components of hardware or software, or computer, is called a virtual machine. The presence of several virtual machines (VMs) on one real computer provides the ability to work independently on one physical server of several operating systems and applications.
Storing data in the cloud means that the data is stored on public servers. If a company goes into the cloud without regard to unintended consequences, critical corporate data, such as customer information or intellectual property, will be at increased risk. At the same time, the legal responsibility for storing information is still borne by the organization that posted this data in the cloud, and not the cloud service provider.
Another serious problem with cloud data protection is the inability of the cloud client to audit and monitor security events, for example, by checking log files. This can severely limit the ability to search for threats that have compromised system security.
Increasing data processing security with Virtual Data Room
The main characteristics of cloud computing are:
- unlimited amount of processed data,
- the ability to increase resources.
But the issue of maintaining control over confidential information remains unresolved, and this significantly limits the use of this technology to build information systems that require special measures to ensure confidentiality. For this purpose, Virtual Data Rooms are used by many corporations. Because data encryption and management of encryption keys that are moved to the virtual environment or stored in the Data Room – a prerequisite for data confidentiality and compliance with regulatory requirements.
Data Room customers can significantly reduce the cost of storing data and using computing power by using publicly available network storage and computing resources. The service provider combines resources to serve a wide range of customers into a single pool for the dynamic and efficient redistribution of capacity between consumers in a constantly changing demand for capacity.
Virtualization technology plays an important role in cloud computing. However, the principles of virtualization contain potential threats to the information security of cloud computing, for example, associated with the use of shared data warehouses by different VMs. Each VM is stored as an image, which is a separate file. The sizes of these files can be changed depending on the current needs of the user of the service. Reducing the partition size of one cloud VM and increasing the partition of another cloud can cause physical sectors containing information about remote files to move from one VM to another. As a result, the user of the second VM can access and restore data that previously belonged to another organization. One possible solution is to encrypt all information. In this case, the encrypted information cannot be recovered without the appropriate keys. However, keep in mind that encryption can lead to the use of additional computing resources and significantly slow down the process of reading and writing data.