Security in the cloud

May 3, 2012

When a new technology hits the market, especially one that directly manages data and is used in enterprise operations, security concerns come in rapidly. Many believe a variety of concerns regarding cloud computing security are baseless, and are symptoms of ignorance toward the technology.

TechTarget recently published an article in which it interviewed Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, a non-profit organization that seeks to increase the reputability of the service providers, the industry at large and the technology itself. The source specifically steered toward the distinction between public and private cloud models, and what the real threats are in each, compared to those without substantive evidence.

Some of the most common concerns stem from the availability of data in the cloud. Reavis, however, believes that most small and medium sized businesses improve their security practices, policies and standards when instituting cloud services. This is the result of revamped perspectives toward data storage technology, as well as a major step toward comprehensive disaster prevention.

One interesting response Reavis offered came after an inquiry regarding bring-your-own-device policies and the role software as a service plays, the news provider explains.

"You are going to see more security capabilities move to the cloud," he told the source. "Companies will focus more on locking down the devices and be looking at how to encrypt information, use it for authentication and disable the device remotely."

Companies considering a move to the cloud should consider the variety of cloud security software and practices that will keep data safe. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, U.S. businesses have experienced a total of 62 breaches already this year, resulting in the exposure of more than 3.3 million records.

-McAfee Cloud Security