I have to say something in advance. Absolute security will never be able to give. Almost every day we receive news that another person or a company has been spied. We must free ourselves from the fact that this cannot happen. We have to live with it. To paper and pencil I do not want to go back.
Everyone must now decide for themselves whether he goes to the cloud or not. The data are in the cloud. This is me personally too anonymous. I’d feel better if I knew where exactly located are my data. The cloud is not a cloud that floats in the sky, but a giant network of interconnected servers that are spread all over the world are in large data centers. For me personally, it is in this case, when I write my blog, no matter on which server is my blog. I want precisely that my texts are read by many people.
Now, I imagine that I as an engineer working in an integrated production network with other colleagues on a new construction of a large bank building. Of course, we also need to plan the vault. In this case, it’s me and my clients already important that the data is located in a safe place. So I try with all stakeholders to find out where the data center actually is and what certifications the provider has. As I said, I have no absolute certainty. On the basis of the location and the certifications I have to assume that the project data is safe there. In addition, my client would have liked this information in writing by me.
The following questions should I ask my provider:
- Where is the data center?
- Which data center is used as a backup?
- Can I set in my application the data center itself?
- What certifications has the used software?
- Which certifications have the data centers?
- How often do the certifications to be retired?
To me it is not enough, then when I get a reply that the servers are located in Germany. Even if this is the case, my data must be as far stored and secured. I generally researched in the last few days a little. It was a little depressing, as little information is actually found on the net. Maybe one or the other has a tip for me.