5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cloud-based or Information Storage and Sharing Provider

Investigating the reliability and security of a cloud-based service or collaborative working and information tool can be a very time-consuming process - one which may require excessive research


13 February 2014

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cloud-based or Information Storage and Sharing Provider

In this day in age, organizations my need to adopt a service to manage their information, streamline processes and most importantly, protect their company’s most critical data.   While this decision isn’t easy, it’s important to choose the right vendor to fit your company’s needs and requirements to ensure success.   Investigating the reliability and security of a cloud-based service or collaborative working and information tool can be a very time-consuming process - one which may require excessive research. In the long run, pursuing this route will give your organization a secure, efficient route to file storage and collaboration.

There are many factors to consider during the evaluation process. Global law firm, Field Fisher Waterhouse recommends that organizations take the following steps:

1. Ensure that a written contract with the provider is implemented, where the service provider commits to thoroughly comply with data protection laws at all times.

2. Perform a risk assessment to understand any potential risk that may result from putting data into the cloud, and the possible adverse results that may occur if there is a security breach or other form of unlawful activity.

3. Be fully confident that the service provider has implemented sufficient technical and organizational security measures to protect your data, and to accomplish the security concerns of availability, confidentiality and integrity.

4. Entrust that the service has full control over the data, particularly over access rights and privileges.

5. Ensure that the service itself permits the logging and auditing of data access and use.

Moving your business to the cloud doesn’t have to be a turbulent experience.   Considering the factors above will help your business evaluate and find the right service provider to give you the efficiency, flexibility and reliability you need to succeed.



Britany DiCicco

Britany DiCicco

Britany DiCicco supports the enterprise product marketing team at Intralinks focusing on market analysis, positioning, messaging and go-to-market initiatives. Britany’s previous experience at Intralinks included analyst relations, competitive intelligence, and marketing. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Economics.