Overcoming the Hurdles of Secure Cloud Migration

Cloud migration is the process of modernizing legacy applications. As many companies migrate to the cloud for the benefit of access and security, this way of life necessitates the careful consideration of robust security aspects.
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Cloud migration is the process of modernizing legacy applications. As many companies migrate to the cloud for the benefit of access and security, this way of life necessitates the careful consideration of robust security aspects. Here are the top 6 security issues that an organization should consider when performing a legacy migration:

 

1. Not having a proper cloud migration strategy

It is easy to get cloud migration all wrong if your organization blindly introduces new technology into existing infrastructure without a solid strategy in place. Planning out your migration road map before you jump to the cloud is essential to ensuring success in the endeavor. By having a security road map policy in place, migration teams are guided in terms of directions and actions to take in handling data and understanding current and evolving threats.

 

Among things to consider are cost analysis, projected downtime, providing adequate training for employees and knowing the estimated time to complete migration are part of the strategy process.

 

2. Connecting outdated legacy systems to newer cloud applications

Chances are, your enterprise’s current legacy system is not cloud-ready. The biggest challenge in cloud migration lies in connecting the pre-existing system with newer, cloud-based business applications. Incorporating a solution in a hybrid environment is likely the short-term to mid-term goal. It is crucial to find a vendor that can support a company’s migration to the cloud.

3. Vulnerability and security of data

Data migration is a painstaking process that requires a lot of bandwidth and man-hours. There will always be security concerns in preserving privacy while migrating to cloud systems and security doubts cause companies to prefer to retain their data on local servers as a result. Overcoming this concern is one of the biggest challenges of cloud migration.

 

4. Regulatory compliance risks

One of the biggest challenges of cloud migration is security regulations compliance. Many cloud providers have a global network of service models that include compliance teams and consulting organizations that are ready to help with risk and compliance for their cloud instances. Many of them are equipped with built-in tools for customers to implement basic risk and compliance management in-house.  

 

However, meeting security and compliance controls for people, processes, and technology for cloud environments is complex and challenging to monitor. The lack of measurement, visibility, and accuracy are three of the greatest risks of cloud migration.

5. The estimated cost that cloud migration entails

Cloud migration is costly, and the failure to estimate the projected cost of the endeavor can have dire consequences. Although migrating systems to the cloud is cost-effective in the long term, the upfront capital expenditure of adopting cloud systems can be steep.

 

The cost of using cloud solutions is not the only cost to consider; the cost of training employees on how to use the new technology and the cost of rewriting and replacing data to ensure compatibility with the new cloud architecture are also things to consider.

 

6. Overcoming change aversion

One of the biggest hurdles to clear is the natural human aversion to change itself. Human beings are creatures of habit, and it is not uncommon for teams to push back when change is required. You need to be able to help your organization manage through the change. Various stakeholders will need to be convinced that the benefits of adopting the change are real and that they have actionable results that ripple through the entire business, ultimately benefiting everyone involved.

 

Conclusion

Phasing out legacy systems and migrating data to more modern systems is an inherently sensitive and tricky process with risks involved. However, there are proactive steps that businesses must take to implement data migration carefully, mitigate these risks involved, and set their modernization initiatives up for success. A combination of using the right tools, having a robust security policy road map, understanding data sensitivity and the many vulnerabilities of the system framework all contribute towards successful cloud migration.

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