Gartner's state of cloud security: Outages are bigger risk than breaches

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Security, cloud security

So what's an enterprise cloud user supposed to do? "Choose your battles over data control," Heiser says. The macro trend is that more data is going to more end-user devices, which makes controlling the data more difficult and creating more vulnerabilities. With a data classification scheme, organizations can prioritize which data needs to be heavily secured. For most organizations that extremely sensitive data will be less than 20% of data, and could be as little as 5% or less. That data should be given "heroic efforts" to protect it - encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention systems or keeping it on site and not in a public cloud. Anti-virus, anti-malware and other security protections and controls should be in place to ensure the rest of data is not egregiously vulnerable. Ultimately, in today's world, the reality is, Hesier says that "most data will have to protect itself."

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.


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