Even as widespread cloud adoption takes hold around the globe, security issues remain. Despite the danger, some cloud supporters are choosing to overlook the risks. As reported in The Australian, “Offshore Cloud Computing Under a Cloud”, a recent study by researchers at Australia-based Charles Sturt University showed that many offshore cloud providers are not providing adequate security to meet Australia’s standards. But because data storage and transmission costs are significantly cheaper with the offshore providers, a lot of Australian companies (many with international customers) are using the offshore services anyway. The research urged companies to look more closely at offshore cloud service providers’ security measures and recommended against their use when security protocols are insufficient.
In a related piece of news, IBM released an update to its 2011 X-Force Trend and Risk Report. It found that while positive steps have been made in internet security, today’s cybercriminals are becoming more versatile and adept at infiltrating systems and waging attacks. Automated password guessing and phishing attacks surged in 2011 as destructive hackers penetrated the latest anti-virus fixes.
The bottom line is that CIOs should look beyond cost savings alone and stay on top of the cloud security landscape. As long as there is profit to be made from system vulnerabilities, prudent IT departments need to ensure that the security of the data that is being placed in the cloud is just as strong as the security guarding their data on-premise. This is a huge task, which is why PerspecSys has built solutions that enable companies to keep sensitive information completely out of the cloud and instead keep it secured behind their firewall. Only tokenized or encrypted data fields go into the cloud applications, so any information processed or stored outside of the company’s control is indecipherable. With the right security solutions in place, strategic companies can and should enjoy cloud benefits!