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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). ... (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)

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)

The Security of Popular Cloud Storage Sites

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 million users. Here is where some of the concerns begin; DropBox experienced a major security breach in July 2012, specifically involving user pa... (more)