4 Ways Working with an Experienced Cloud Hosting Company Can Ensure Security and Success
Experience matters – it can be the difference between success and failure if you’re tackling a migration or expansion in the cloud. So how do you choose a cloud service provider with the experience you need to get the job done right the first time? Start by asking these questions:
- Can the cloud service provider deliver comprehensive solutions for my organization’s needs?
- How do my systems and data stay secure in the cloud?
- What technical support can I expect from my cloud service provider?
- If disaster strikes, have we adequately prepared for recovery?
An experienced cloud hosting company will guide you through these questions and establish a rigorous SLA to help you migrate and innovate in the cloud. Let’s dive deeper into each of these and explore the difference that experience makes.
The ‘One Roof’ Advantage: Single-source, Integrated Services and Solutions
Efficiency and value are consistently two of the top indicators for overall mission success. The same holds true for cloud services. That’s why GovDataHosting offers convenient and integrated cloud management and security compliance bundles with a single point of contact. Our bundles include cloud resource utilization management, edge perimeter defense, full A&A compliance documentation, system hardening, vulnerability scanning, continuous monitoring, identity management, log analysis, reporting, and audit/assessment support services.
By bringing total service and support under one roof, we reduce implementation risk while shortening delivery and deployment schedules. Put simply, that means faster support, higher uptime, and lower cost for government agencies and their supporting contractors. Only an experienced cloud hosting company can deliver value savings with these comprehensive solutions.
Security, Security, Security
To remain focused on mission objectives, you need complete confidence that your enterprise system is protected from both domestic and foreign cyber threats. An experienced cloud hosting company can offer full-spectrum security compliance and continuous monitoring to mitigate these risks.
Our Security Compliance as a Service (SECaaS) is managed assurance for government information systems categorized as low, moderate, or high risk, guided by: FedRAMP Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) requirements; and NIST Special Publication 800-53 Revision 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. Ongoing and proactive security measures provide:
- Continuous monitoring of the required security controls
- Increased visibility into the security of cloud-hosted assets and data
- Improved evaluation and control of changes to information systems
- Awareness of applicable threat, vulnerabilities, and zero-day exploits
- Vulnerability tracking through Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM)
The most reliable cloud providers demonstrate a proven record of adherence to industry best practices and security standards, using redundant networking hardware and intelligent power infrastructure for round-the-clock reliability and availability. Protocols should address everything from encryption and firewalls to antivirus detection and multifactor user authentication. Does your cloud service provider put security at the top of the agenda? If not, they might not be as experienced as your organization needs them to be.
Support Should Always Be Available When You Need It
Everybody needs a little help sometimes, and given that cloud computing never sleeps, it’s crucial to have an experienced cloud hosting company on your side when you need them most. Are you able to get support quickly and easily? Is there a person on the other end of the line or just a robot? Will the support team have the experience to assess the situation rapidly and resolve the issue efficiently? Depending on your SLA and availability needs, you may need dedicated resources and technical support available at all hours, including holidays. Don’t be left stranded. Choose a provider with meticulous technical support and robust SLAs.
Disaster Recovery Starts Before the Problem
Comprehensive preparation today can dramatically affect how the situations of tomorrow are handled. Mission-critical information demands a disaster recovery consultant who can keep systems online and operational, even in the face of your agency’s worst case scenario. GovDataHosting offers comprehensive and cost-effective disaster recovery services with flexible Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) options. These services include:
- Disaster recovery planning
- Disaster recovery documentation
- Disaster recovery test planning
- Disaster recovery testing (table top and failover)
Additionally, our scalable solutions satisfy RMF for DoD, NIST, and FISMA requirements, among others, and we can customize recovery configurations to unique agency requirements. Across our decades of experience, we’ve amassed a tested and proven process for best-in-class engineering support. All this equates to a cost-effective and rapid return to business, expedited access to mission-critical data, reduced exposure to risk, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that an experienced cloud hosting company has your back long before a crisis emerges.
GovDataHosting has earned the trust of Federal government agencies through years of recognized expertise in cloud management and migrations. That experience matters. While it’s important to take enough time to research and consider the best-fit options for your organization, GovDataHosting makes selecting a cloud service provider easy. We offer the industry’s only 100% infrastructure availability Service Level Agreement, we bundle our services to provide a one-stop-shop for all your hosting needs, and we have a team that leads the field in security and disaster recovery solutions. Trust your systems and data to GovDataHosting: find out how we can protect your most valuable assets.