Thursday, December 29, 2011 9:59:01 PM
Improving security is among the top influences of enterprise cloud adoption, and with data breaches occurring frequently throughout 2011, some companies may wish they transitioned to the cloud earlier.
InformationWeek recently identified the six most damaging data breaches of this year, when the cost of data loss continued to rise and an immense amount of confidential files were exposed.
According to the report, Sony encountered the worst security breach in 2011, as 100 million user records were disclosed just months after the company laid off members of its security team. Additionally, a hack of Epsilon's email system revealed the email addresses of more than 60 million customers, and experts believe the incident is one of the most damaging breaches of all time.
Many IT experts suggest cloud computing can assist businesses improve data security and combat cyberthreats, while reducing IT costs and advancing flexibility. In a recent San Antonio Express-News report, a technology expert explained that despite some enterprises' reluctance to implement cloud services due to security concerns, cloud environments are generally safer than in-house solutions.
"Half of this issue is people's fear, uncertainty and doubt about things and the other half are legitimate security concerns," expert John Engates told the source. "It's going in the direction of doing away with those legitimate concerns."
-McAfee Cloud Security