5 Lessons to Brush Up Your Cloud Security Knowledge

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The Answer: Data Residency

Cloud data residency (also called data sovereignty) refers to the physical location of where data actually resides. With cloud adoption, residency is ultimately determined by the geographic location of where data is stored. Cloud service providers (CSPs) may have data centers all over the world, so it is these locations that matter most to enterprises concerned with complying with residency laws.

With recent revelations about government surveillance of online data and many high-profile data breaches, there is understandably a focus on how to best protect sensitive data going to the cloud. Many enterprises face a growing set of data compliance regulations. Some of these laws or rules are specific to data residency.

Privacy and data residency requirements vary by country and may include specifics around what types of data may leave its borders and what must remain physically within the country. Enterprises adopting the cloud need to consider the rules that cover each of the jurisdictions they operate in, as well as the rules that govern the treatment of data at the locations where the CSP operates. Restrictions around data residency may make it more challenging for an enterprise to adopt certain cloud applications and many are seeking out solutions for keeping data resident, despite the CSP selected.

Classes are officially in session. What better time than the start of a new school year to brush up on your cloud security knowledge?

According to the Research and Markets' Global Security Services Market 2015-2019 report, the market for security products and services is growing globally and demand for cloud-based security is leading the charge. With security threats on the rise, cloud security is obviously a top concern for many organizations across a myriad of industries.

As the number of products and services available continue to increase, companies can lose sight of the basic cloud security components that are key to implementing a successful plan. In this slideshow, Perspecsys, a Blue Coat company, offers five lessons to help you touch up on your cloud security facts.


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