Public Cloud vs. Traditional Data Center: Compliance Certifications

As the largest public cloud providers have matured over the years, the number of compliance certifications they meet has ballooned. They no longer just strive to be on par with a traditional in-house data center, but rather set a new standard in data security and compliance certifications. If you take a moment and think about the resources public cloud providers, such as Amazon or Microsoft, have to go through for this certification, it becomes more clear as to how they are able to achieve such high levels of compliance.

As a result, they now meet the highest industry compliance certifications and audit requirements, including:

  • ISO 27001 certification for standardized management of information security
  • AIPCA SOC 1 and SOC 2
  • CSA STAR Certification including an available CAIQ
  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) Level 1 compliance, required for handling credit cardholder personal information
  • HIPAA-compliant applications involving health-related and other personally identifiable information (PII) as well as HITRUST
  • FDA CFR Title 21 Part 11

While healthcare and finance are two industries that stick out for having more stringent requirements on how data is handled, the benefits of these certifications carry over into all industries. Another benefit? These cloud providers can also provide detailed documentation of compliance as required by each standard, making security audits a breeze.

Does your data center meet the compliance certifications above, and can you provide proof? If you move your data into the cloud, you get all this automatically, and you’ll likely raise the data security bar for your enterprise.

Learn more about public cloud storage security in our new e-Guide, “7 Reasons Cloud Storage is Now as Secure as Traditional Data Center Storage.”