Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:56:49 PM
Despite the fact that most data breaches originate from inside an organization, cloud computing still has many businesses concerned about data security in a remote environment.
According to a recent report by The Arizona Republic, 80 percent of data breaches are a result of a mistake inside the company, but many businesses still focus security efforts on combating outside threats. Many IT experts are encouraging organizations to adopt cloud computing, which can help companies cut IT costs and reduce traditional security risks of data storage.
"It can be a huge productivity boon for businesses," Mike Eaton, chief executive officer of a cloud provider, told the source. "Security improves considerably with our plans."
Some businesses are still worried about losing control of their data in the cloud, but research backs up cloud providers' claim that security is actually improved with cloud-based applications and data storage, the report said. Cloud environments are generally more secure because less employees have access to data, and disaster recovery and business continuity concerns are largely erased.
According to a recent Ponemon Institute survey, negligence caused 41 percent of all data breaches in 2010, costing organizations an average of $214 per compromised record.
-McAfee Cloud Security