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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 market unless mitigated. In a unique twist, a recent article identifies cloud data security as a primary driver, not an obstacle in the cloud adoption trend. In "Money in a mattress: Why patient records should move to a private cloud", the author expounds on the security weaknesses of traditional... (more)

Enterprise IT: Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand on Cloud Data Protection

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO In a lot of ways, changes in enterprise technology have mirrored consumer technology trends over the last few years. Just look at mobility, social apps, and cloud computing as examples. And whether you view the crossover as advantageous, overly risky, or merely inevitable, it's certain that enterprise IT security must adapt quickly to the new challenges presented, including overcoming cloud data security, cloud data residency, and cloud compliance issues. A series of recent articles and industry analyst reports I have read shows t... (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)

ICO Guidance Highlights the Need for UK Data Control

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 th... (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)