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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)

What PRISM & NSA Surveillance Mean for Enterprise Data on the Cloud

With recent revelations about NSA surveillance programs including PRISM and now XKeyscore, many organizations are concerned about the privacy of customer data and other sensitive business information being put on the cloud. Some are predicting that the public uncovering of these programs will lead to a decrease in use of U.S. cloud providers. It's been reported though, that other countries are obtaining information from the NSA's surveillance, including the UK, and there are regularly stories about China and Russia maintaining similar surveillance programs, making the avoidance o... (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)

Remember These Two Important Facets of Cloud Monitoring for the Enterprise

As organizations continue expanding their adoption of the public cloud, many IT and security professionals are beginning to see that they need improved cloud-monitoring and cloud-auditing capabilities. By cloud monitoring, I'm referring to the process of identifying cloud use within an organization and then evaluating if there are data privacy and/or compliance risks that need to be mitigated. Cloud monitoring includes the idea of fully understanding what clouds are being used and how employees are accessing and updating information, from where and when. This becomes more complic... (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)