Five Hidden Risks with Public Cloud Usage

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Retention Policy Issues

Risk #4: Data retention policy issues after the contract with the CSP ends.

At the end of the contract, if it does not work out or simply when you want data to be erased, the onus is on you, the enterprise security team, to be sure that the data will be securely erased or returned to you (or the equivalent protection).

Other areas that create friction to adoption include interoperability with other cloud-based and on-premise systems and disaster recovery. And for many global organizations, the need to comply with an increasing array of country-specific data residency regulations – which restrict cross border data flows – is frequently being cited as a common cloud adoption challenge. Adopting the cloud is more complicated than many enterprises realize – particularly in the area of data security.

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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