11 Jun Compliance in the Cloud
In the early days of cloud computing security had been the biggest concern and still remains so to a degree. But as the data rolls in from the years of cloud services, studies are showing that the reality is cloud solutions generally offer a higher security standard than can be achieved on premise. The same can also be said for compliance in the cloud. When done correctly, compliance in the cloud offers higher standards and more efficiency supplying documentationthan other more traditional ways of delivering compliance friendly apps.
Instead of qualifying each building block, the cloud vendor qualifies the platform once, to many standards and many certifications. The cloud vendor then provides those qualifications to their clients and partners who need to validate applications on the cloud vendor’s platform.
Regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration, for example, don’t certify cloud applications. They look at implementations of hardware and software by regulated companies to see if they are in compliance with the necessary regulations. The application vendors themselves provide documentation to the customer, and therefore simplify the customer’s process of providing qualifying documentation.
Cloud vendors also provide applications that are qualified through standard approaches that are well documented. Moreover, cloud based business management providers who are focused on providing compliant services undergo regular and rigorous reviews of their policies, practices, and security measures to ensure they are staying ahead of ever-changing regulations. Check out the cloud compliance brochure to see the compliance controls in place at RoseASP.
Data centers for cloud services also need to supply compliant friendly protocols, for compliance in the cloud to be truly possible. For example RoseASP data centers are SSAE 16 SOC 1 compliant. Learn more about cloud hosting services for compliance solutions.
Of course, the implementing company is responsible for validating their application against the guiding regulations and standards. Cloud applications like Microsoft Dynamics ERP and their providers can help organizations that deploy them to streamline their documentation process and provide added assurance that they are in compliance where their technology solutions are concerned. The cloud in short can be qualified and demonstrate a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) approach providing documentation against such standards as SSAE 16, Sarbanes-Oxly (SOX) and more.