With Microsoft’s trusted Cloud, startups and ISVs are building a safer, secure digital world

 Grazed from YourStory.  Author: Editorial Staff.

According to the 2015 breach report from Gemalto 707.5 million data records were compromised. This data when broken down, translates into 1.9 million records getting compromised every day, 80,766 records compromised every hour, 1,346 records compromised every minute and 22 records compromised every second!

Today, as companies and devices continue to collect ever-increasing amounts of customer information, and as consumers’ online digital activities become more diverse and prolific, more and more data is at risk and trust is defining how and who the companies do business with.  Another report by McKinsey & Company on enterprise IT security implications released in January 2014 states that lack of cyber-resilience could cost the global economy as much as $3 trillion by 2020 by slowing down the pace of technology and innovation....

Can we trust cloud providers to keep our data safe?

Grazed from BBCNews. Author: Matthew Wall.

Cloud computing - storing data and applications remotely rather than on your own premises - can cut IT costs dramatically and speed up your operations. But is it safe? Despite the rise of public cloud platforms offered by the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, less than 10% of the world's data is currently stored in the cloud. So what's holding many companies back? Technology of Business explores the issue of cloud security.

What's so good about the cloud anyway?

Building your own energy-hungry data centres is expensive and time-consuming, while managing hundreds of software applications chews up IT resources. If you can outsource a lot of this hardware and software to specialist tech companies that can expand or reduce the level of service according to your needs, it can save you a lot of time and money...

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Conflicted Feelings: Concerns About Cloud Security Growing, But So Is Trust

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: Doug Black.

Organizations are racing to the cloud at an accelerating pace – with growing anxiety. Concerns about cloud security is the core finding of a new study from Intel Security that reveals a variety of conflicting cloud adoption perceptions. Even as most IT managers point to compliance as the biggest concern with cloud adoption (some admit they don’t know if sensitive data is stored with a public cloud provider), an even larger number said they have more trust in the cloud than a year ago.

One of the more eye-opening findings of the survey (“Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud Adoption”): in the next 16 months, 80 percent of respondent IT budgets will be dedicated to cloud computing. “Even if that outlook overestimates cloud spend it still shows a dramatic shift in mindset,” said Rolf Haas, enterprise technology specialist, Intel Security, in a blog post accompanying the survey, “ and it's often the business, rather than the IT department, that is driving that shift. In today's digital world the pull of the cloud and its benefits of flexibility, speed, innovation, cost, and scalability are now too great to be dismissed by the usual fears.”...

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For cloud adoption to grow, so must trust - report

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Billy Mitchell.

Businesses, governments and other organizations are more trusting of cloud computing than ever before, but still have doubts about providers' ability to secure sensitive information in the public cloud, according to a new report Thursday. A 77-percent majority of respondents told Intel Security they trust cloud computing more than they did a year ago.

That said, only 13 percent of the participating 1,200 cloud security "decision makers" from around the world said they "completely trust public cloud providers to secure sensitive data," according to the new report, "Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud Adoption," released at Intel Security's Security through Innovation Summit, produced by FedScoop...

Email Privacy Act should protect cloud computing

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Clare Hopping.

A number of technology companies, including Google, have come together at the hearing of the Email Privacy Act, which specifies US governmental bodies must obtain a warrant in order to gain access to customer emails. These technology companies argue that putting measures in place to prevent official bodies from gaining access to the content of emails is essential to benefit the future of cloud computing.

At present, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), law enforcement agencies are able to obtain emails from a provider without getting a warrant, as long as the information has been stored for more than 180 days However, a court ruled in 2010 that in fact, this legislation violates the US's Fourth Amendment, which specifies a person has the right to "be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."...

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Cloud Computing: Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World - What Your Company Needs To Know

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

With the striking down of the Safe Harbor agreement in October, we have seen the tip of a data privacy iceberg whose global implications will play out well into the new year. In 2016, U.S. businesses can expect a regulatory domino effect that will occur region by region, as more governments will take steps to protect citizen data, preserve national security interests, and build legal fences to protect local businesses.

These evolving rules will be determined within various governments, with different privacy concerns driving each set of regulations. It’s likely to produce more chaos before consistency. As we close out 2015, representatives from the EU Commission and the U.S. have been working on the terms of a new data-transfer framework that will meet the EU court’s requirements...

Microsoft Launches Single Trust Center for Enterprise Cloud Services

Grazed from  Author: Sylvia Adams.

 The newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to partner with Microsoft as part of its cloud strategy, with a view to Azure filling the public cloud requirement for HPE customers, replacing its own Helion Public Cloud services in the future.  Microsoft just scored a big win in the public cloud wars.
Unlike IBM with its own cloud offering, HPE will flog appliances ready to go with Azure.  The company created a single information hub - or "Trust Center" - to provide enterprises with information about Microsoft's cloud security posture, and how its off-premise services adhere to global and regional legislation...

Commission To Congress Regarding The Cloud: Require Disclosure Of Server Locations

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Lisa Brownlee.

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) recommended Wednesday that “Congress evaluate existing consumer right-to-know laws to determine whether a cloud-based computing company has an affirmative duty to identify the physical location of its cloud based assets.

” This recommendation came in USCC’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress. USCC Commissioner Michael R. Wessel indicated in an email last night that the impetus behind this recommendation was to enable consumers to make informed choices about data storage/processing risks...

ISO 27018, the cloud computing privacy standard: one year on

Grazed from SiliconRepublic. Author: Editorial Staff.

Following the first anniversary of the publication of ISO 27018 – an international privacy standard governing the processing of personal data in the cloud — Mason Hayes & Curran looks at how successful the new standard has been and the challenges customers and cloud providers are facing following its adoption.

Last summer, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published ISO 27018, the first privacy-specific international standard for cloud services. The new standard specifies the roles of a data controller and a data processor in maintaining the security and privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) stored in a public cloud environment...

Cloud Computing: Is your data privacy and security bulletproof?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Saimon Michelson.

To ensure a completely bulletproof data service, there are certain components you must own and control. At all times, you need to ensure that you’re in the driver’s seat, and that you didn’t hand over your car keys, along with your corporate data security and privacy, to someone else.

As your company's security expert, you are the one chosen to protect your organisation's data so you should invest in a system that allows you to apply your corporate policies, integrate your corporate security countermeasure systems while gaining continuous insight to your corporate user usage patterns...