As cloud-based security services can play a hugely important role in an organization’s success, you must take the selection process very seriously. In fact, you should take it as seriously as the recruitment of a senior executive, because that is the level of impact the right cloud-based security service provider can make. With that in mind, here is a quick guide as to some points you should check during the course of the hiring process.
Check that a cloud-based security service is actually in Sacramento, CA
If you’re starting your hiring process with an online search for “cloud-based security services in Sacramento, CA”, then it’s a very good idea to double-check that the service is actually based in Sacramento CA, or at the very least near Sacramento, CA. This will filter out cloud-based security services which offer services in Sacramento, CA but which are actually based elsewhere.
This may seem like a minor point, but given the growing legal and regulatory concerns about data protection, it can make a lot of sense to ensure that any company charged with protecting your data is operating under exactly the same legal framework as you and can be summoned to the same local courts. Not to put too fine a point on the matter, this gives you maximum legal leverage over any potential cloud-based security service provider as, at the end of the day, contracts only have real-world value if you are actually able to enforce them.
Check that a cloud-based security service can actually support your implementation
If you want a cloud-based security service to monitor activity in the public cloud, then check that they can support the cloud service provider(s) you intend to use. It’s probably a safe bet that they will support the big names like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud (although it never hurts to check) but they may not support more niche providers. If they don’t, it may be worth asking why not (they may know something you don’t) or if they could introduce support for them.
If you’re looking for a cloud-based security service to monitor a private cloud, then again, you will need to be clear on the details of your implementation. If you’re planning on using an external vendor to host your private cloud, then you’re probably going to need to get your vendors to talk to each other.
Check that a cloud-based security service actually has a solid track record with the cloud
Over recent years, cloud usage has grown massively and all indicators suggest that it is set to continue to grow over the foreseeable future and that it will probably become the default way of accessing IT-related services. This massive growth has brought massive business opportunities and hence has brought many new cloud-based security services into the market, both locally, such as in Sacramento, CA and across the world as a whole.
On the one hand, this does increase consumer choice. On the other hand, it does mean that companies looking for cloud-based security services in Sacramento, CA do have to be careful to filter out companies which have just jumped on the cloud bandwagon and make sure that they are only considering cloud-based security services which genuinely know what they are doing.
As a rule of thumb, you should give strong preference to companies which have been in business for an extended period. This not only indicates that they can manage their finances and keep their customers happy, but also that they can identify emerging business trends and move to take advantage of them. This then suggests that they probably spotted the potential of the cloud a long time ago and made a strategic move into that niche.
If you’re considering working with a company which has not been in business for very long, then you should check them out very thoroughly, in particular look at their management team, their accreditations and industry partnerships and their reference customers.
Check that a cloud-based security service vets its own staff thoroughly
You aren’t going to be able to vet a cloud-based security service’s employees for them, so you need to be sure that they are doing a good job of it themselves. Any member of staff who has access to sensitive information should be subject to the most robust security checks.
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