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Why Is Cloud Security Still a Challenge?

By Samuel Greengard
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    Why Is Cloud Security Still a Challenge?

    Why Is Cloud Security Still a Challenge?

    Cloud and data security remain a challenge: Not all data is controlled by IT, sensitive data is often unencrypted, and shadow IT can represent real-world risks.

Over the past couple of years, cloud adoption has spiked. Organizations increasingly view the technology as a productive and secure way to approach IT. Yet, despite remarkable advances in this space, the initiatives are increasingly complex, according to a newly released report from the Ponemon Institute and security firm Gemalto. The "2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study" found that cloud security and data security remain a challenge for many organizations. Among other things, not all data is controlled by IT departments, highly sensitive data often remains unencrypted, security and privacy protections are often lacking, and shadow IT can represent real-world risks. The study, which includes responses from 3,476 IT and IT security practitioners worldwide, offers insight into key trends in data governance and security practices for cloud-based services. As Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute explains: "Cloud security continues to be a challenge for companies, especially in dealing with the complexity of privacy and data protection regulations. … To ensure compliance, it is important … to consider deploying such technologies as encryption, tokenization or other cryptographic solutions to secure sensitive data transferred and stored in the cloud."

This article was originally published on 2016-08-19
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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