A Comprehensive Cloud Strategy for Data Security

Grazed from RSA Conference.  Author: Robert Moskowitz.

As popular as cloud computing has become, and as fast as it continues to grow, it brings with it a whole new set of data security concerns. Without a robust cloud strategy for ensuring security capabilities, cloud computing has little strategic value, particularly since a single data breach can cost an organization far more than it has gained from the advantages of cloud-based data storage.

Even without the reality of lost or compromised data, the mere possibility of compromise gives administrators of public, private, and hybrid clouds nightmares. The very nature of cloud computing is in fact problematic, as organizations contract with third-party providers for a variety of cloud services but are frequently reluctant to permit them access to sensitive cloud-based data...

Going to the cloud does nothing to lessen conventional security considerations, such as implementing best security practices and real-time security intelligence, as well as defending against persistent threats and social engineering exploits. When Big Data efforts cross barriers between different clouds, there are concomitant data security risks that must also be addressed...

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