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By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently published a useful and informative report on cloud computing that provides key guidance for companies using or considering cloud services in the UK. The guidelines intend to help organizations comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act (DPA), and they offer welcome assistance for private and public enterprises struggling to avoid stiff non-compliance penalties from the watchdog agency. The ICO emphasizes that cloud customers are responsible for ensuring data protection, whether they know it or not. Many businesses simply don't realize that data protection is their responsibility when processing is outsourced to a third party (i.e., a cloud provider). The ICO makes several recommendations about how to assure cloud provider security measures and mitigate data access ri... (more)

Selecting Cloud Security Brokers: 'All-in-One' or 'Best-of-Breed'?

When we set out to build the PerspecSys Cloud Data Control Gateway, we faced an important design decision: would the market prefer an "All-in-One" or a "Best-of-Breed" Cloud Security Broker? In the "All-in-One" camp, IT professionals have come to learn that the bundled modules from a single vendor have significant gaps in features that frequently lead to critical capability holes with implications ranging from operational scalability to compliance and security. Failing to address these shortcomings can be devastating for companies, potentially leading to financial loss and brand... (more)

Cloud-Based Security Services: When Will Market Expectations Be Realized?

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO Gartner recently issued a research note on "Cloud-Based Security Services," the capability to deliver security controls without on-premise technology deployment and management. The category currently sits in the "Trough of Disillusionment" in the latest Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Security, meaning the technologies offered have failed to meet market expectations. Gartner suggests that users investigate specific areas in their cloud implementations and SLAs, including service continuity, response time, and customization to ensure th... (more)

Cloud Computing in China

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO Driven by large-scale government initiatives as well as private investment, cloud computing has become a hot growth area in China. Named a ‘Strategic Emerging Industry' in the government's 12th Five Year Plan (2011 - 2015), cloud computing is slated to become a primary force in the Chinese IT industry and overall economy in the next 3-5 years. In fact, according to IDC Asia-Pacific, China spent $286 million on cloud-computing infrastructure last year, and the amount will increase to more than $1 billion in 2016. The Asia Cloud Compu... (more)

Hybrid Cloud Solutions Offer Enhanced Cloud Protection & Data Security

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO Despite widespread concerns about cloud data security and control, there's been a lot of recent news on the healthcare industry's steady, but cautious foray into cloud computing. In early July, research firm MarketsandMarkets issued a report stating that the healthcare cloud computing market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2011 to $5.4 billion by 2017, an encouraging 20.5% compounded annual growth rate. However, the report points to some key restraints, such as patient data security and cloud compliance that could slow down the marke... (more)