2016 Cloud Security Trends: Confidence on the Rise

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Data is an asset and a responsibility, but as traditional boundaries become virtual borders it is no longer clear within the enterprise whose responsibility it is. In high-profile data breaches, CTOs, CEOs and even CFOs have both taken the blame and pointed fingers. Business users are able to bypass traditional and often cumbersome procurement and implementation steps by going directly to services provided in the cloud without the need for collaboration with their colleagues in other departments. In this scenario it is essential that organizations take steps to protect themselves by creating enterprise-wide data security awareness and policies that include knowledge of the data flow, data-centric protection and an understanding of where keys are made available and stored, and who has access to the keys. In this way responsibility is shared, risk is reduced and security is increased.

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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