Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

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According to the Cloud Industry Forum, 80% of UK companies are adopting cloud technology as a key part of their overall IT and business strategy. However, one of the perceived barriers to cloud adoption continues to be concerns around security and compliance, which was the key topic of discussion at a recent techUK panel in which iland took part. During this discussion, we talked about the fact that nine out of ten security professionals worry about cloud security.

One of the key aspects that...

By Monica Brink, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Microsoft secures ISO 27017 security certification around cloud-specific threats

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Microsoft has announced it has obtained ISO 27017 compliance, a new cloud-based security certification published at the end of last year.

The certification from the ISO, the global organisation which has published more than 21,000 international standards across a variety of industries, is newer and subsequently less known than the ISO 27018 standard, which sets out guidelines to protect personally identifiable information (PII).

Microsoft claimed to be the first adopter of ISO 27018, in

By James Bourne, 04 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Security.

ISO compliance in the cloud: Why should you care, and what do you need to know?

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More and more organisations are looking to move to cloud to benefit from scalability, cost reduction and the ability to launch new service offerings fast.

The dynamic nature of cloud however necessitates security and compliance controls that frankly can be daunting. Issues around mobility and multi-tenancy, identity and access management, data protection and incident response and assessment all need to be addressed. And with multiple modes – SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, public, private, hybrid...

By Frank Krieger, 18 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Security.

Egnyte focuses on data governance and reshapes EFSS strategy with Protect release

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Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) firm Egnyte has announced the launch of Egnyte Protect, a product which aims to give IT and line of business greater control and visibility of their content both in the cloud and on-premise.

The move positions Egynte away from the traditional EFSS buckets and moves the firm towards data and information governance, a space Egnyte claims to be worth eight times more than their current opportunity. Isabelle Guis, chief marketing and strategy...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

The top five in-demand cloud security skills for 2016

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The cloud computing market continues to expand at a phenomenal rate. According to a recent report from IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow 19.4% annually through to 2019. Six times the rate of overall IT spend growth, this will double the current spend from $70 billion to $141 billion.

As more businesses transition to the cloud this will drive up demand for IT professionals with the skills to make the most of the technology. A market, which...

By Ed Jones, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Why financial firms are missing out by not embracing the cloud

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The financial sector’s high security and compliance standards have traditionally made it something of a laggard in the adoption of cloud computing. Yet there are indications that momentum is shifting and finance institutions are beginning to benefit from the agility, flexibility, speed and innovation that is missing when running large, on-premise data centres.

But just how secure can customer data and commercial operations be when stored and running on someone else's infrastructure?...

By Tony Connor, 16 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Infrastructure.

Analysing security and regulatory concerns with cloud app migration

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As businesses look to clouds for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability. It is therefore worth examining how security and compliance requirements can impact choice of cloud or architecture strategies within a cloud. 

Maintaining privacy for data that must be protected for business or regulatory reasons is a substantial concern in cloud migration, public or private. Security and...

By Bryan Solie, 11 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Prepare for change

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The EU’s wide-ranging rules on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are set to significantly impact all businesses, whether in the EU or further abroad. From 2018, any organisation that collects, uses or shares personal information about European citizens will have to demonstrate compliance with the hotly contested law. This includes using various techniques to ensure that the protection of data is built into the design and infrastructure of an organisation by default.

Securing the data...

By Iain Chidgey, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Challenges and opportunities securing data in a world without borders

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Data today is moving and multiplying at pace across boundaries, platforms and applications. With the growth in cloud adoption, social media and mobility, information very rarely stays within the secure parameters of the enterprise anymore. 

More and more businesses are looking to reap the benefits of the cloud. A recent study from the Economist Intelligence Unit found that the most mature enterprises are now looking to...

By Greg Hanson, 24 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

A five step crisis plan to prepare for the pending data protection legislation

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The clock is officially ticking for organisations to get their data protection policies in order, now that the final draft and approved text have been made available for the General Data Protection Regulation to replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive.

The new regulation is expected to come into effect in 2018 and will require businesses to put a much stricter focus on data protection. The headline items for organisation that collect or process EU citizen records are:

  • They must notify their supervisory authority of a data breach...

By Neil Thacker, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.