The migration of database and application infrastructure to the cloud is now taking center stage for both private and public sectors as organizations seek to reduce the cost and risk of operating their own data centers. According to Forbes, 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, and higher education isn’t far behind. A survey conducted by MeriTalk found that 60 percent of higher education institutions are integrating cloud computing into their IT strategies.

As adoption grows, higher education institutions must address industry-wide security concerns to fully embrace the cloud and its key benefits. For example, data privacy regulations, such as FERPA, dictate how electronic student records are stored and protected. Before any cloud migration takes place or cloud-based apps are integrated into the IT landscape, leaders should decide which service and deployment models make the most sense for the institution and determine the additional steps they will take to protect sensitive data.

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