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By Gerry Grealish PerspecSys Vice President of Marketing & Products Last month Gartner Analyst Jay Heiser conducted an extremely informative and thought-provoking webinar entitled "The Current and Future State of Cloud Security, Risk and Privacy." During the presentation, Mr. Heiser highlighted what he called the "Public Cloud Risk Gap," characterized in part by inadequate processes and technologies by the cloud service providers and in part by a lack of diligence and planning by enterprises using public cloud applications. In many ways, it was a call to arms to ensure that adequate controls, thought and preparation are put to use before public clouds are adopted by enterprises and public sector organizations. From the side of the cloud application provider, the webinar noted that most cloud service offerings are incomplete when measured against traditional "on-pr... (more)

How to Get the Security of a Private Cloud Via a Public Cloud Deployment

Recently, McKinsey & Company released an article entitled Protecting information in the cloud which discussed the increased use of cloud computing by enterprises of a variety of sizes and industries and the benefits and risks cloud usage entails. The article recognizes that many organizations are already using cloud applications and realizing the efficiency and cost benefits and, in fact, most are looking to increase their usage of the cloud in 2013 and beyond in both private and public environments. But there are issues that are inhibiting adoption, such as risks associated with... (more)

Implications of NSA’s Violation of Privacy Rules for US Cloud Providers

New reports show that when the NSA was conducting its surveillance programs, perhaps including XKeyscore and PRISM, the agency was not following its own legal guidelines. These reports, based on internal NSA audit reports leaked via the "Snowden leak", showing the NSA violated its own privacy rules and overstepped its authority thousands of times in the past few years, will serve to further unsettle many enterprises abroad, even leading some to conclude that utilizing U.S. cloud applications is not worth risking unauthorized data access by the government and others. Recent repo... (more)

Key Data Residency Requirements Global Organizations Need to Understand

One challenge more and more enterprises are grappling with as they plan to adopt the cloud is data residency & sovereignty. They are finding that if they want to use a cloud service hosted outside of their borders, life can become quite complex. Perhaps it is a result of the often discussed "Snowden Effect," but no one can deny that countries and regions are putting some strict guidelines in place to ensure privacy of sensitive data that is moving outside of their borders. These three examples are indicative of what I foresee we will be seeing much more of: Australia: The Priva... (more)

Study Finds Cloud Security Is the Biggest Barrier to Cloud Adoption

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... (more)