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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)

Healthcare Data on the Cloud – The Reality of Sensitive Information Online

The convenience, efficiency and cost benefits cloud computing offers organizations has made moving healthcare data and records to the cloud make sense for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Security and data breaches are a concern for any industry utilizing the cloud, but healthcare unfortunately seems to be particularly vulnerable to attacks. The Washington Post recently reported that The Department of Homeland Security is fearful that the health industry is "inviting" an attack with its out-of-date policies and lack of oversight. A recent WIRED article discu... (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)

The Criminal Justice System and the Cloud

As with other industries, the daily operations of law enforcement and criminal justice organizations rely heavily on obtaining, holding and sharing sensitive data. The FBI's Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) is responsible for providing many critical pieces of data that criminal justice organizations and contractors need to conduct business every day - including fingerprint records, sex offender registries and criminal histories. There are understandably strict regulations and standards for anyone accessing CJIS data and this applies to any cloud application provider or ... (more)