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By Gerry Grealish PerspecSys Vice President of Marketing & Products Another month brings another new study highlighting security concerns as the leading barrier to cloud uptake in the enterprise. Rather than decreasing, it seems like the concerns are going in the other direction. Security breaches (such as those at iCloud and DropBox) continue to make headline news and add fuel to the fire. The winner in this situation? On-premise solutions. Who pays? The enterprise. Actually, it pays through the nose, since expenditures for on-premise solutions can be anywhere from 3-7 times more expensive than their cloud equivalents (at least in the estimates that I have seen). The results of the new survey were covered in a recent article at Channelnomics. Some highlights from the findings: More than half (53%) of decision makers surveyed said that data security was a key factor... (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)

Living Social’s Data Breach

Living Social, the popular online discount site, recently experienced a cyber-attack affecting more than 50 million of their customers. Users with a Living Social account received an email explaining the data breach, which included hackers accessing customer user names, email addresses, birth dates and passwords. In the email to customers, Living Social asked many users to change their password immediately. While the passwords were encrypted, Living Social Chief Executive Tim O'Shaughnessy wrote "We also encourage you, for your own personal data security, to consider changing pa... (more)

From the Stone Age to Today – History of Security Infographic

When you think of security do you think of locks, guards or even your home security alarm? At the moment security is more likely to bring up thoughts of hackers, PRISM and well-publicized data breaches. Of course I think of the cloud when discussing security. In the contemporary world of information security, enterprises and institutions are increasingly acknowledging the need to find new ways to protect their most sensitive information when using cloud applications. Given the speed of advancements in the technology world, enterprises need to be constantly changing, adapting and ... (more)

Hopefully We Will Find Out Strong Encryption or Tokenization Was in Place…

Like millions of other Americans, I learned the other night about the massive data breach at Target. The Washington Post is reporting that sensitive details on over 40 million credit and debit cards were exposed. While the information associated with the crime is still coming out, the implications of this breach could be enormous. Forrester's John Kindervag was quoted in the Washington Post article I read saying that "whatever money Target thought they were going to see the holiday season just got flushed down the data breach toilet." The costs they potentially face include ever... (more)