By Judith Lamont, Ph.D.
Recently, high-profile cases involving breaches of privacy have pointed the spotlight at the ongoing need to ensure that personal information is properly protected. The issue is multidimensional, involving regulations, corporate policies, reputational concerns and developments in technology. “Every time data is handled there is an opportunity for a privacy mishap to occur,” says Sam Pfeifle, publications director at the International Association for Privacy Professionals (IAPP). “Moreover, technology is moving quickly in terms of the ability to collect data, and the laws are not keeping up with how data is managed.”
By Jonathan Lehr
What would happen if all enterprise software was developed and sold as cloud-first? Guest Contributor Jonathan Lehr, founder of the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup, sees the shift to cloud-first leading to more commonplace API usage that could “dramatically increase the ability to tinker with different datasets and see if new conclusions can be drawn” to help the business.
By Maricia Kaplan
Thinking about moving your data to the cloud but lax security worries you? You’re not alone. According to the Ponemon Institute study, “2013 State of the Endpoint,” only 40 percent of businesses that participated in the study have a centralized cloud security policy in place. While many cloud providers employ limited measures to secure their infrastructure and applications, they do not assume legal responsibility for the security of corporate data.
By Robert Westervelt
PerspecSys’ AppProtex Cloud Data Control Gateway replaces data with a random token or encrypted value, making the information meaningless to anyone intercepting the data in transit or while in a cloud-based service. The service supports Salesforce.com, ServiceNow and other Web services. The company recently introduced support for Box and Dropbox file storage and sharing services.
By Sholto MacPherson
Cloud computing is highly attractive to businesses of all sizes because it allows them to use technology without having to pay for servers to run it. Buying computing services from professionally run IT companies is often cheaper, more secure and more flexible than buying and maintaining your own collection of servers.
By CJ Arlotta
The company said AppProtex for Box and DropBox provides cloud data protection and control that enables users to “leverage cloud storage and collaboration services safely and securely.”
By John Leonard
To state that organisations are worried about data security in the cloud is to invite a sarcastic retort featuring bears and woods or the Pope and the Catholic church. Such fears are unquestionably the main barrier to wider use of cloud-based applications.
Despite the protestations of cloud vendors that their platforms are at least as secure as on-premise systems, breaches do happen, and when they do the compensation their customers can expect is minimal.
By James Staten for Forrester Research
In 2013, enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014,we will integrate it into our existing IT portfolios — whether IT likes it or not. See Forrester’s 10 predictions for cloud computing.
By David Canellos, President and CEO of PerspecSys for Business Computing World
With new Snowden leaks dripping out on a semi-regular basis, surveillance programs like XKeyscore and PRISM are continuing to grab global headlines and promote a wave of heightened concern about data privacy and security. Businesses are scrambling to examine their own data security programs and some are considering making drastic moves like eliminating their use of US-based cloud service providers altogether or making data transfers to the US unlawful.
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