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While Big Data and the cloud are often thought of as going hand in hand, some enterprises still hesitate to place large amounts of proprietary data online. Enterprises decide to keep their large data sets stored locally for a variety of reasons including the possibility of security breaches, data processing errors, access issues and difficulty of meeting corporate or industry compliance / privacy requirements. Enterprises with a global presence are also finding they need to operate in an increasingly stricter data sharing environment. In fact, data residency policies from countries like the UK, Germany, Australlia and China can make housing data certain types of sensitive data within clouds in countries like the U.S. extremely challenging. Despite these concerns, business imperatives are pressuring many enterprise CIOs and CEOs to move large amounts of data to the... (more)

NIST Weighs In on the Cloud

NIST released a new publication entitled Cloud Computing Synopsis & Recommendations (Special Publication 800-146) that describes in detail the current cloud computing environment, explains the economic opportunities and risks associated with cloud adoption, and openly addresses the security and data privacy challenges. NIST makes numerous recommendations for companies or agencies considering the move to the cloud (including delivering a strong case for uniform management practices in the data security and governance arenas). The report highlights several reasons why cloud-based... (more)

Data Control and Data Residency

The benefits associated with adoption of the cloud are well documented and understood. Organizations cite tremendous cost savings, fast deployment times and streamlined application support and maintenance when compared to traditional on-premise software deployments. So what is holding many companies back from adopting the cloud? A recent report from Gartner entitled "Five Cloud Data Residency Issues That Must Not Be Ignored" highlights one key reason for this hesitancy - enterprises' questions and concerns about jurisdictional and regulatory control arising from a lack of clarity... (more)

Employees Accessing the Cloud

For many organizations, cloud computing has become an integral part of their everyday business. Many companies are relying on cloud applications for fundamental operations such as CRM and email and are looking to increase utilization of the cloud for other functions. For others, adoption of the cloud along with internal communication about proper protocols for usage has perhaps been slower to evolve or implement. As recently highlighted in this article in Forbes, it's been widely observed that employees are experiencing the benefits of cloud computing at home and are often times... (more)

What PRISM & NSA Surveillance Mean for Enterprise Data on the Cloud

With recent revelations about NSA surveillance programs including PRISM and now XKeyscore, many organizations are concerned about the privacy of customer data and other sensitive business information being put on the cloud. Some are predicting that the public uncovering of these programs will lead to a decrease in use of U.S. cloud providers. It's been reported though, that other countries are obtaining information from the NSA's surveillance, including the UK, and there are regularly stories about China and Russia maintaining similar surveillance programs, making the avoidance o... (more)