RECAP: The Need For Speed – Accelerated Data Security in the Cloud The velocity of information security in the age of the cloud has increased as users create and share data faster than ever…

RECAP: The Need For Speed – Accelerated Data Security in the Cloud

Michael Gleason

I spend my days (and nights) explaining how the strengths of the cloud - high availability, scalability, and interoperability - can help us overcome what is often considered its greatest weakness: security.

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CloudLock - Cloud SpeedThe velocity of information security in the age of the cloud has increased as users create and share data faster than ever before.

Featured in a recent WIRED Innovation Insights blog post, CloudLock CTO Ron Zalkind shares his perspective on the recent shift:

Data is moving into the cloud at a faster pace, while the mobile and BYOD phenomena make data accessible from anywhere. Meanwhile, the proliferation of apps and the API economy means this data moves more frequently. The result is an increase in the number of access points into a domain. This contributes to an elevation in organizational risk level and an escalation in the number of security events.

Security professionals are faced with a new imperative. Five years ago, the focus was on protecting e-commerce, email, and desktops. Now, the focus has shifted. Massive amounts of data may be shared and accessed in very small amounts of time. The reality is that two minutes of exposure in 2014 is substantially riskier than two minutes of exposure in 2009. While organizations can’t outrun the cloud, they can augment their security strategy to meet the modern needs of a secure enterprise.

According to Ron’s assessment, organizations seek six primary qualities in a contemporary cloud data security solution:

  • Adoption and implementation of smarter policy
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Proactive management third party access into the domain
  • Efficient incident management
  • Management across multi-platforms
  • A people-centric approach.

Go on, read the full article here.

Learn more on the topic – read Forrester Research’s recently published report covering an in-depth review of the cloud security industry. 

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