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By Gerry Grealish PerspecSys Vice President of Marketing & Products Gartner recently published a report that highlights the growing importance of Cloud Access Security Brokers - solution providers that offer unified cloud computing security platforms. This solution category includes a new class of products that Gartner terms Cloud Encryption Gateways, which encrypt or tokenize sensitive information before it leaves an organization's firewall. These solutions, if designed properly, allow organizations to maintain control of sensitive data since they replace the original "clear-text" values with indecipherable replacement values in the cloud. Businesses are adopting these solutions to address issues raised by data residency requirements and data privacy regulations driven by a host of industry compliance mandates. In addition to enabling organizations to satisfy the da... (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)

When Mobile Device Management Isn’t Good Enough

Employees using mobile devices to access popular and often times essential cloud applications continue to increase in the workplace, both via private devices and those owned by the enterprise. This increase in use brings with it important data security issues for the enterprise. Some enterprises find themselves scrambling to implement mobile device management (MDM) technologies to address the data security concerns that go along with employees using mobile devices in everyday business. The end goal of these MDM solutions is to allow for the enterprise to securely capitalize on th... (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). ... (more)

Healthcare Provider Pays a Steep Price for Patient Data Privacy Breach

By Gerry Grealish PerspecSys Vice President of Marketing & Products Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Ear and Eye, Inc. (MEEI) agreed to pay a hefty $1.5 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for alleged HIPAA violations. According to MEEI, a personal laptop that contained unencrypted electronic protected health information (ePHI) was stolen, exposing a large amount of personal, clinical, and patient prescription data. The government's investigation found that MEEI failed to take steps necessary to comply w... (more)