@CloudExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog, Cloud Security

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Misconceptions or Business Realities?

Data Security Top of Mind for Canadian Execs Looking at Cloud

IDC Canada recently published a study highlighting how IT security fears may be inhibiting Canadian enterprises’ business agility and competitiveness. IDC and TELUS Enterprise Cloud Study, 2012: Three Misconceptions Curb Competitiveness sheds light on the concerns of leading Canadian businesses reluctant to implement nontraditional IT delivery methods, including public cloud-based SaaS applications, despite evidence these solutions can improve productivity, efficiency, and adaptability. Based on IDC’s research, more than 85% of the Canadian enterprises surveyed have significant concerns about public cloud security.

The executives surveyed ranked security considerations based on their level of importance, and the top three among them:

  1. Data encryption -- Is data encrypted at rest, in transit and in use?
  2. Data access – Who has access to data?
  3. Data residency – Where does the data reside?

Despite the executives' ranking, IDC authors suggested other concerns - data disclosure, ownership, migration, repatriation, disposal, and archiving - will be more worrisome and difficult to overcome. The report acknowledges that data access can be difficult to manage, particularly when cloud providers need to view data subsets that could contain sensitive information, but suggests that time and effort are all that are needed to overcome this obstacle. And even though the data residency issue tends to be a "showstopper" for many organizations, the report implies that fears about this concern are exaggerated and not always well-founded even with legal and industry requirements at play. On the contrary, one only needs to visit the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and search for ‘Patriot Act' to witness both the volume of concern and the depth of legal analysis on the topic that quite legitimately continues to this day.

Indeed, CIOs, IT security experts, and compliance departments are reluctant to sweep away these genuine concerns as ‘misconceptions'. In reality, data security, access, and residency are valid challenges that companies need to address when considering cloud applications. The increased reach and sophistication of cybercriminals, as well as the enormous range of differences in international privacy laws dictate that these issues are here to stay.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By David Stott

As Senior Director, Product Management at PerspecSys, David Stott leads efforts to ensure products and services meet market requirements. he works closely with multiple internal teams and client stakeholders to develop excellent customer experiences and advance the strategic product direction. He is an experienced product management and marketing professional with a successful record of aligning market needs and opportunities with product requirements, functionality, and go-to-market strategies. David joined PerspecSys from Covarity and has also held product management and marketing leadership roles with Angoss Software, ADP, and Ironside Technologies.

CloudEXPO Stories
Your job is mostly boring. Many of the IT operations tasks you perform on a day-to-day basis are repetitive and dull. Utilizing automation can improve your work life, automating away the drudgery and embracing the passion for technology that got you started in the first place. In this presentation, I'll talk about what automation is, and how to approach implementing it in the context of IT Operations. Ned will discuss keys to success in the long term and include practical real-world examples. Get started on automating your way to a brighter future!
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next-gen applications and how to address the challenges of building applications that harness all data types and sources.
Lori MacVittie is a subject matter expert on emerging technology responsible for outbound evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine where she evaluated and tested application-focused technologies including app security and encryption-related solutions. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, and is an O'Reilly author.
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 12-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI and Machine Learning to one location.
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.