Is Enterprise Security Lost in the Cloud?

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-12-09 Email

The debate about whether to migrate to the cloud is largely over—and the cloud won. Yet, as adoption rates grow and IT systems become more interconnected with cloud architectures, the challenge of locking down security is growing. Overall, cloud computing may deliver the potential for better security, but it also introduces new risks. A recent report from Blancco Technology Group, "Lost in the Cloud: Data Security Challenges & Risks," offers insights into this evolving space—and how it impacts the enterprise. In many cases, global IT professionals are not confident about their company's ability to use cloud services properly, and many organizations lack essential visibility into processes and procedures. This leads to unauthorized access to data, improper handling and storage of data, and improper data removal methods being used at various stages of the data lifecycle. "It's important to have the tools and processes to get rid of data that's no longer needed," pointed out Fredrik Forslund, director of cloud and data center erasure for Blancco. Here's look at some of the key findings from the survey of 290 IT professionals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, Japan and China.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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