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Why Is Cloud Security Such a Big Challenge?

While the challenges of cloud security will never be a simple problem for enterprises to handle, there are viable solutions

For many enterprises, moving business processes and data to the cloud has become a next step for improving both operational and technological capabilities. The cost savings and efficiencies created by utilizing cloud applications continue to increase, including opportunities for more business functions to be put on the cloud. For those currently using the cloud or planning to begin or expand cloud adoption, a growing concern is cloud security and specifically this question - "Why is cloud security such a big challenge?"

The Various Challenges of Cloud Security
The challenges of cloud security begin with an enterprise's need to keep control over their data and to ensure that their data is kept private and protected. Whether it is outsourced data storage or the use of popular cloud SaaS applications, putting more data in the cloud inherently means more opportunity for unwanted or unauthorized access to that information. But cloud adoption by the enterprise is simply too compelling because of its business benefits, so enterprise security and IT teams have to search for ways to secure their data in the cloud while permitting access and use by legitimate corporate users.

Another big challenge of cloud security is determining specifically where cloud data resides. Once data leaves an enterprise's firewall, and migrates to the cloud, it often resides in the facilities of a cloud service provider located outside of an enterprise's geographical location. With different regulations by industry and country, enterprises must be able to comply with the mandates that apply to their data - a big challenge for international companies that need to adhere to specific data residency laws when their cloud providers reside in multiple foreign countries.

There are other significant cloud security issues, including sector based compliance requirements such as HIPAA, CJIS, GLBA, PCI DSS and more. All of these regulations have specific requirements that dictate how sensitive data needs to be treated (e.g. personally identifiable information may need to be kept encrypted in the cloud and the encryption must meet a certain strength - such as FIPS 140-2).

While the challenges of cloud security will never be a simple problem for enterprises to handle, there are viable solutions to consider. One option to help address the various challenges of cloud security is a new class of security products called Cloud Data Protection Gateways. Learn more about how this product category helps enterprises address cloud security challenges and investigate some of the important benefits of the PerspecSys Data Protection Gateway.

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PerspecSys Inc. is a leading provider of cloud protection and cloud encryption solutions that enable mission-critical cloud applications to be adopted throughout the enterprise. Cloud security companies like PerspecSys remove the technical, legal and financial risks of placing sensitive company data in the cloud. PerspecSys accomplishes this for many large, heavily regulated companies across the world by never allowing sensitive data to leave a customer's network, while maintaining the functionality of cloud applications. For more information please visit http://www.perspecsys.com/ or follow on Twitter @perspecsys.

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Gerry Grealish is Vice President, Marketing & Products, at PerspecSys. He is responsible for defining and executing PerspecSys’ marketing vision and driving revenue growth through strategic market expansion and new product development. Previously, he ran Product Marketing for the TNS Payments Division, helping create the marketing and product strategy for its cloud-based payment gateway and tokenization/encryption security solutions. He has held senior marketing and leadership roles for venture-backed startups as well as F500 companies, and his industry experience includes enterprise analytical software, payment processing and security services, and marketing and credit risk decisioning platforms.

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