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Adopting cloud solutions like Atlassian Cloud is an imperative step toward digital transformation for many organizations, especially with Server EOL approaching fast. However, the secure handling of sensitive data on the cloud can often be challenging, leading to understandable concerns about cloud products. This post will highlight the importance of a comprehensive approach to managing confidential data in Atlassian Cloud.
Spoiler alert: Moving to the cloud doesn't mean neglecting legal regulations and data security.
🔐 Why Sensitive Data Management Matters
Managing sensitive data is part of daily operations, regardless of industry or company size. This data might include Personal Identifiable Information (PII), financial details, trade secrets, health records, or other confidential business data.
Securing sensitive data stored in the cloud is a major challenge, so adhering to data protection regulations such as GDPR, nFADP, or CCPA is crucial. Protecting sensitive information is vital for maintaining customer trust, complying with regulations, and minimizing risks.
In short: Ensuring robust data protection within your Atlassian Cloud environment is not just recommended—it's essential.
🏦 Optimizing Data Protection in Various Industries
All companies can benefit from robust data security practices, regardless of the sector they are in. However, the healthcare, banking, and insurance industries must often comply with even stricter regulations. For instance, banks must securely store sensitive customer data to comply with banking regulations like anti-money laundering. Similarly, the healthcare sector has to manage sensitive patient data in compliance with various healthcare data protection laws. Some data protection regulations also require companies to keep sensitive data within their country of origin, making the decision for cloud solutions even trickier.
☁️ Enhancing Security in Atlassian Cloud
Atlassian is committed to providing a secure and private space for Cloud data, and specialized Marketplace apps can play a key role in this effort. For example, solutions like Confidential Fields for Jira Cloud can help meet regulatory requirements by offering specific region data residency options and adding an extra layer of security to sensitive data.
Regardless of the specific tools you choose, it's important to look for solutions that:
Fulfill Regulatory Requirements: Check if the tool allows data storage in specific regions to comply with local data residency laws. Swiss companies, for example, require data hosting within Switzerland to comply with Swiss data protection laws.
Enable Access Control: Your solution should be able to restrict viewing or editing access to sensitive data based on user roles, group membership, or assignees. This practice ensures that only authorized individuals have access to confidential information.
Provide Robust Encryption: Any tool you use should heavily encrypt sensitive data to prevent unauthorized access and potential data breaches.
Managing sensitive data in Atlassian Cloud is crucial for compliance, reputation, and overall business success. The principles remain the same regardless of your specific tool or method: secure data hosting, controlled access, and robust data encryption are fundamental.
By implementing these security measures, organizations can safeguard sensitive data, comply with regulations, and mitigate the risks associated with unauthorized access or data breaches.
Understanding these practices will strengthen your security efforts, whether you're managing sensitive HR data or securing confidential customer information in highly regulated industries.
🔮 The Future of Data Security with Atlassian Cloud
Atlassian's commitment to data security in the cloud continues to evolve. With the constant addition of more hosting options (see data management roadmap) and security features (see Data Protection), Atlassian Cloud is a reliable partner for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your company’s sensitive data.
Remember, adopting the cloud should not compromise your data security practices. Instead, it provides an opportunity to enhance them. Apps like Confidential Fields for Jira Cloud give you the tools you need to maintain robust data security in the cloud while meeting your industry-specific requirements.
👋 I’m Cora from bitvoodoo, an Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner and Silver Marketplace Partner. If you are considering moving or handling sensitive data on Jira Cloud, I recommend trying our Forge app Confidential Fields with Data Residency for Jira.