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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)

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)

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)

Healthcare Provider Pays a Steep Price for Patient Data Privacy Breach

By Gerry Grealish PerspecSys Vice President of Marketing & Products Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Ear and Eye, Inc. (MEEI) agreed to pay a hefty $1.5 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for alleged HIPAA violations. According to MEEI, a personal laptop that contained unencrypted electronic protected health information (ePHI) was stolen, exposing a large amount of personal, clinical, and patient prescription data. The government's investigation found that MEEI failed to take steps necessary to comply w... (more)

Living Social’s Data Breach

Living Social, the popular online discount site, recently experienced a cyber-attack affecting more than 50 million of their customers. Users with a Living Social account received an email explaining the data breach, which included hackers accessing customer user names, email addresses, birth dates and passwords. In the email to customers, Living Social asked many users to change their password immediately. While the passwords were encrypted, Living Social Chief Executive Tim O'Shaughnessy wrote "We also encourage you, for your own personal data security, to consider changing pa... (more)