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Addressing ERP Cloud’s Top Security Issues


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There has been a lot of progress in terms of cloud security over the past few years, but despite the advancements, companies still have their hesitancies.  Maybe it’s the thought of your most important business data floating around in a mystical cyber-cloud that makes you wonder where your data is going and whether it’s going to be safe.  Or maybe it’s that your critical data isn’t being stored in the safe, protected servers of your office.  Security in the cloud is one of the biggest concerns that businesses are considering when moving to cloud solutions.  Oddly enough, it’s really not that much different from the security in your office.

The data generated when using comprehensive business intelligence software such as Microsoft Dynamics® ERP is critically important and you want to protect it from hackers, competitors, and from other disasters.  You need to somehow ensure its physical safety, accessibility, and integrity whether your data is onsite or in the cloud.  With onsite security, you trust your IT department to install firewalls, password and encryption coding, and maintain the hardware.  It’s reassuring to walk into the server room and see that your hardware is safe, has secured personnel access, and when something breaks down, your IT staff can walk down the hall to fix it.

When using Microsoft Dynamics ERP in the cloud, instead of your IT department, you are using your software or cloud vendor or even Microsoft to protect your data.  Your cloud vendor will also install firewall protection, use encryption during transmission and within the software application, and will also install heavy security around their server room.  Oftentimes, the cloud vendor will have more thorough security measures around their server room than you might find in a normal office building because they are responsible for such important data.

You can use Microsoft Dynamics ERP onsite with your own servers and hardware, with cloud computing managed by your software vendor or cloud provider, or a combination of both.  You can have a private cloud, public cloud, or use the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environment.  No matter where your data originates, where it’s stored, or how it’s transmitted, you will want to work with your IT department and software vendor to institute security measures that will keep your data protected.  As an added precaution, you can contract a third party to audit your IT security systems.

There are many benefits to using Microsoft Dynamics ERP in the cloud and the security measures that you might undertake onsite and in the cloud are often very similar.  The main difference is that security is either organized by your own IT department or by your software or cloud vendor.  Some experts suggest that, in many cases, the vendor security processes are more rigid, are highly documented, and are likely safer than your own office security.  Contact Sikich for more information about Microsoft Dynamics ERP and cloud computing.  We can help you find a solution that will protect your data and set your mind at ease.

By Sikich, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner based out of Chicago

 

One Response to “Addressing ERP Cloud’s Top Security Issues”

  1. Luiz Inacio says:

    Yes, security is one of the main concerns firms have regarding cloud computing.

    Specially with ERP systems since they hold so much sensitive information.

    I think firms will start using the cloud for other applications (e.g. email, file storage) and only after they feel more confident they will consider using ERP in the cloud…