Data encryption is one of the most important considerations in cloud hosting, whether you are talking about a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud. Cloud security is the most important aspect of hosting in the cloud and just about every IT director who has considered it knows this. But how should you approach it

When it comes to data encryption, you can do it yourself or you can hire a data encryption firm to write your code for you. You might even purchase an off-the-shelf solution. But which one is right for you?

There are pros and cons to each method. If you do your own data encryption then you’ll need to make sure you have the right human resources in your organization to be able to handle it. And don’t just think about today either. That person who does all that coding for you, will he be around next year or five years from now? If not, are his skills and knowledge transferable? Is there someone else in your organization ready to take over if your ace moves on?

Do-it-yourself data encryption can save you a lot of money, but if things go wrong then you own it. You have the responsibility and the headache of fixing it.

If you hire a firm to write your data encryption code then if things go wrong you can always have them fix it. It’s their problem and they know it.

An off-the-shelf program might cost less than hiring a data encryption expert, but it will likely be a lot less customizable. You’re stuck with what you buy even if you don’t like it.

Cloud security is one thing you cannot afford to cut corners with. Data encryption is important. Don’t take it lightly.