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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 Privacy Amendment Act The Privacy Amendment Act introduced many changes to the original Privacy Act and just recently went into effect. The Act includes a set of new privacy principles that cover the processing of personal information by government agencies and businesses. The new principles are ca... (more)

How to Store and Protect Big Data on the Cloud

While Big Data and the cloud are often thought of as going hand in hand, some enterprises still hesitate to place large amounts of proprietary data online. Enterprises decide to keep their large data sets stored locally for a variety of reasons including the possibility of security breaches, data processing errors, access issues and difficulty of meeting corporate or industry compliance / privacy requirements. Enterprises with a global presence are also finding they need to operate in an increasingly stricter data sharing environment. In fact, data residency policies from countri... (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)

Changing Standards for Online Healthcare Data – HIPAA & the Cloud

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)

Australia Introduces New Updates to Policies on Cloud Security

Australian Government agencies have some new regulations to consider when they are contemplating moves to the cloud, particularly clouds hosted outside of Australian borders. These guidelines, known as "The Australian Government policy and risk management guidelines for the processing and storage of Australian Government information in outsourced or offshore ICT arrangements", are part of the broader Protective Security Policy Framework announced earlier this year and are aimed at protecting data being stored and processed in cloud environments. The Framework document clearly ac... (more)