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Last month, the Information Security Forum released their annual prediction of the top 10 information security threats they foresee for the next two years - through 2016. While I found the entire list insightful, half of the list resonated strongly with me as someone who is working with large enterprises as they wrestle with security and compliance challenges as they embark on cloud adoption. I believe this group of five predictions is particularly relevant for anyone utilizing the cloud over the next two years and I've added a few of my own thoughts on each. 1. Service Providers Become a Key Vulnerability I find this first prediction especially valid and timely because of some recent headlines. Service providers, given the nature of their business, are a prime "aggregation" for all types of sensitive/valuable data. Cyber criminals and hackers realize this, which pu... (more)

Protecting Sensitive Information in the Cloud

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO Gartner recently published a report that highlights a trend that we have been experiencing over the past few years, namely, the growing number of enterprises wrestling with cloud data security, cloud compliance, and cloud data residency issues associated with storing and processing sensitive information in SaaS cloud applications. Gartner estimates that by 2016, 25% of enterprises will secure access to cloud-based services using what they term a Cloud Access Security Broker platform and that these platforms will reduce the cost of s... (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)

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)