Five Hidden Risks with Public Cloud Usage

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Security Policy Enforcement

Risk #1: Failure of IT security policies to extend to the cloud.

Enterprise data privacy and security teams (informed by the client's compliance team) work hard to define data protection policies. But when it comes to data leaving the organization's secured network environment and going to a public cloud, they lose control of the ability to enforce these policies. Loss of data governance can plague enterprise cloud projects.

According to the Cloud Standards Customer Council, "For public cloud deployments, consumers necessarily cede control to the cloud provider over a number of issues that may affect security. At the same time, cloud service-level agreements (SLA) may not offer a commitment to provide such capabilities on the part of the cloud provider, thus leaving gaps in security defenses."

As usage continues to expand across industries around the world, it's apparent that even more mission-critical operations and services will be moved to the cloud in the coming years.

According to a recent survey from Business Cloud News, the majority of respondents are planning a significant increase in cloud adoption in the next two years. This predicted growth of the cloud begs some questions about the current state of the cloud, including the hidden sources of risk with public cloud usage.

While many enterprises are clearly realizing promised benefits, there are still challenges and a consistent set of concerns. Before companies can move a new process to the cloud or expand current deployments, they need to understand the risks. In this slideshow, Perspecsys, a leader in enterprise cloud data protection solutions, takes a closer look at five hidden sources of risk associated with public cloud usage.

 

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