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System migration

System migration

(also system transfer)

System migration definition

System migration refers to the process in which a customer transfers data, applications, or IT resources to a relatively newer environment. System migration can occur for various reasons, including upgrading to new hardware or software, consolidating IT resources, or moving to a cloud-based environment. Either way, the process is usually complex and time-consuming because it entails transferring large amounts of data and reconfiguring IT infrastructure to work in a new environment. Moreover, system migration exposes the data to many vulnerabilities that hackers often misuse.

Preventing hacker attacks during system migration

  • Conduct a thorough security audit to identify potential vulnerabilities and security risks.
  • Implement strong access controls, such as password policies and user permissions, to prevent unauthorized access during system migration.
  • Use encryption to protect sensitive data during migration. Encrypt data in transit and at rest, and secure encryption keys to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Consider a phased migration approach to test low-priority data and detect vulnerabilities before transferring sensitive information.
  • Use secure transport protocols like HTTPS to protect data during migration.
  • Understand compliance requirements and ensure that the migration process meets relevant regulatory requirements, such as data encryption and backup.
  • Consider providers that offer compliance certificates for regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS to ensure that the migration process meets industry standards and best practices.
  • Monitor the migration process for suspicious activity and be prepared to take action if any security issues are detected.
  • Train employees on best practices for data security and access controls during the migration process.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security