For enterprises moving more business and customer data to the cloud,
investigating and selecting an online storage solution can be a challenging
task. A primary concern is the level of data security offered by the sites
being considered. While the theme holds true across all of the major
providers (Box, DropBox, SkyDrive), for the purpose of illustration I'll
focus on DropBox since it is arguably the most popular site boasting over 100
Here is where some of the concerns begin; DropBox experienced a major
security breach in July 2012, specifically involving user passwords. In
response to the attack, DropBox attempted to improve password security by
implementing two-factor authentication.
But just last month though, a pair of researchers released a paper claiming
they had reverse-engineered the DropBox application, providing details for
how hackers c... (more)
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)
Just a few months ago I wrote a blog post about healthcare data on the cloud
(HIPPA Cloud Storage) and the security concerns surrounding this very
sensitive and valuable data. I mentioned that as with many industries, more
healthcare data is being moved to the cloud, but the healthcare industry has
remained a few paces behind others in terms of securing online data.
The safety of personal healthcare information on the cloud continues to be an
important topic, specifically in regards to government-issued guidelines.
There are new requirements going into effect this year that expand... (more)
The latest reports surrounding the surveillance programs of the NSA and their
International counterparts reveal that these agencies have been able to
decode the encryption methods some enterprises and organizations use to keep
their online data private.
While these headlines are likely disconcerting for those operating in the
U.S. or using software applications from cloud providers, as stated in our
recent press release and blog post, enterprises do not need to allow their
fears to slow down or stop their cloud adoption.
Methods for Securing Data Online
More attention has been t... (more)
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)