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Taming Data Before It Escapes To The Wild
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Gerry Grealish
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Gerry Grealish,
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1/25/2013 | 9:37:07 PM
re: Taming Data Before It Escapes To The Wild


Excellent
article. I could not agree more with the idea that all enterprises tackle a
data classification exercise and truly understand the exposure associated with
info that is going out to the cloud. Two points that differ with some of the
ideas in the article though:

* Sensitive
data, unfortunately, does not know the boundaries of certain categories of
cloud applications...we have worked with many enterprises that needed to keep
sensitive data out of Sales and CRM applications, Human Capital Management
systems, IT Management systems, etc (for example)

* Encryption
solutions (or tokenization) are unique in their ability to truly render data
"meaningless" in cloud applications; and products like PerspecSys
that are gateways that enable the deployment of encryption/tokenization while
maintaining the overall usability of the cloud applications, are
straight-forward to deploy and extremely cost-effective.

Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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1/25/2013 | 9:20:14 PM
re: Taming Data Before It Escapes To The Wild
Companies have been wrestling with this issue in earnest since the rise of laptops. Cloud services and mobile devices exacerbate the problem, but the essential risk remains the same. Unfortunately, as the article points out, there's no silver bullet. As with other areas of security, this problem requires smart policies, a variety of tools, and ongoing monitoring and enforcement.

My guess is that if someone can crack the rights management nut (that is, balance security controls with the business requirements of moving and sharing data), they'll be sitting on a gold mine.

Drew Conry-Murray
Editor, Network Computing


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