11 July 2011 14:51:21
Though both the cloud and mobile technology have proven to help expand the capabilities of businesses in several areas, many companies have not yet incorporated the technologies into the security policy. This, according to one expert, could be a recipe for disaster.
Writing for Network World, data security expert Gordon Merrill asserted that new security practices are necessary to accommodate the recent growth of cloud computing and advanced mobile devices in the workplace.
He noted that both technologies have removed several restrictions of traditional enterprise IT, offering greater mobility and productivity, among other advantages. However, because the technologies are still relatively new, businesses have not yet addressed their data security implications.
Additionally, Merrill stated that the information assurance professionals with whom he's spoken have little confidence in their ability to protect data in the cloud or on mobile devices, despite their desire to incorporate the technology.
Data security concerns are nothing new to the cloud, as they are often cited as the main inhibitor of the technology. However, as the cloud has become more popular, many experts say it actually enhance data protection practices through such solutions as Security-as-a-Service and greater data access control.
-McAfee Cloud Security