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When we set out to build the PerspecSys Cloud Data Control Gateway, we faced an important design decision: would the market prefer an "All-in-One" or a "Best-of-Breed" Cloud Security Broker? In the "All-in-One" camp, IT professionals have come to learn that the bundled modules from a single vendor have significant gaps in features that frequently lead to critical capability holes with implications ranging from operational scalability to compliance and security. Failing to address these shortcomings can be devastating for companies, potentially leading to financial loss and brand damage. This is because "All-in-One" products tempt enterprises by offering multiple solutions, many of which the customer was not even considering using. Most of these complimentary modules do not make any of the industry-validated lists (e.g., Gartner Magic Quadrants) for capability or qu... (more)

Protecting Sensitive Information in the Cloud

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO Gartner recently published a report that highlights a trend that we have been experiencing over the past few years, namely, the growing number of enterprises wrestling with cloud data security, cloud compliance, and cloud data residency issues associated with storing and processing sensitive information in SaaS cloud applications. Gartner estimates that by 2016, 25% of enterprises will secure access to cloud-based services using what they term a Cloud Access Security Broker platform and that these platforms will reduce the cost of s... (more)

Five Key IT Security Issues for the Next Two Years

Last month, the Information Security Forum released their annual prediction of the top 10 information security threats they foresee for the next two years - through 2016. While I found the entire list insightful, half of the list resonated strongly with me as someone who is working with large enterprises as they wrestle with security and compliance challenges as they embark on cloud adoption. I believe this group of five predictions is particularly relevant for anyone utilizing the cloud over the next two years and I've added a few of my own thoughts on each. 1. Service Provide... (more)

What Business Must Learn from the eBay Breach

Until this week the biggest anxiety when dealing with eBay has likely been fretting over a negative rating, concerns about slow shipping or a delayed refund. Then suddenly yesterday the media jumped all over the story that eBay had been hacked and users need to change their passwords. By the way, I can tell you from experience the password change process is not as easy or straightforward as you would expect. EBay is now in damage control mode and trying to calm fears after revealing that hackers attacked its network three months ago. It is believed over 145 million user records ... (more)

ICO Guidance Highlights the Need for UK Data Control

By David Canellos PerspecSys President and CEO The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently published a useful and informative report on cloud computing that provides key guidance for companies using or considering cloud services in the UK. The guidelines intend to help organizations comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act (DPA), and they offer welcome assistance for private and public enterprises struggling to avoid stiff non-compliance penalties from the watchdog agency. The ICO emphasizes that cloud customers are responsible for ensuring data protection, whether th... (more)