2016 Cloud Security Trends: Confidence on the Rise

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Headlines announcing massive exposures of personal information show that hackers are keeping up with the trends of the masses, following the data trail to the cloud too; statistics show they are focusing their attention on the private information and intellectual property that commands a higher price on the black market than credit card and financial data. Sensitive data is valuable data and will always be under threat of breach by nefarious internal operatives, cyber criminals, nation-state hackers and even government intrusion. Despite the best efforts of cloud service providers to offer native security, there is still more that can be done. Forward-thinking, responsible data custodians are taking steps to mitigate the impact of a breach by combining traditional and native security practices with a data-centric approach to protecting the data itself, at rest and in motion, enterprise wide.

As a direct response to the market, cloud service providers have sought to address concerns that inhibited widespread mainstream adoption. Companies like Amazon, Salesforce and Xactly -- keen to reassure customers and make their services ubiquitous -- have made huge improvements in transparency, identifying vulnerabilities, offering encryption, automated updates and more stringent authentication, while other vendors are offering cloud data protection gateways, security as a service or allowing business users to bring their own encryption keys.

As a result, cloud security is no longer seen as such a vulnerability and businesses in every sector are now confidently adopting the technology despite the sensitive nature of the information they hold. However, it is important that organizations are cognizant that responsibility for data is not outsourced along with the service; the responsibility remains that of the owner. In this slideshow, Protegrity highlights five trends on cloud security in today's most data-driven organizations.


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