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As widely reported by Gathering Clouds friend barb Darrow and others CIOs are facing some big challenges. Just look at what the CIO has to deal with today as compared to 5 years ago: diminishing budgets, the stress of securing greater results, cloud adoption, big data, legacy apps, and to top it all off increased overlap with the line of business in terms of mandate. As we previously discussed, the CIO’s territory is increasingly shared with many among the line of business, especially in the cloud era: Whether its CRM tools like Salesforce for sales, automation platforms for marketing, BYOD or big data analytics apps for a range of different parts of the organization, the CIO has to tie everything together. On top of this, the CEO and CFO now have a greater say in how budgets and projects occur for IT. In essence, the CIO is being asked to do a lot more with a lot le... (more)

Understanding the Fundamentals of Cloud Security for Healthcare

Continuing our discussion from my last blog in July, perhaps it’s helpful to drive deeper into security approaches and technology for use within clouds that serve the healthcare vertical.  We’ll start by focusing on the fundamentals of cloud security for healthcare.  However, some of this is transferable to other verticals as well. First fundamental: Understand the data that will reside in the cloud. Healthcare data has something in common.  It’s dangerous to manage, unless you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Cloud Security in Healthcare is no joke, but many of the best pra... (more)

Employees, Cloud, and Company Data: Problem or Reality?

Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Apple iCloud. Chances are if your employees have Internet-connected mobile devices, they are using these and other services to store and transmit your company data — with or without your approval. That’s according to a new study from Enterprise Strategy Group, which found that while more than 75 percent of companies it surveyed had policies that prohibit the use of online file sharing and related tools, by and large their employees went ahead and used them anyway. As Computerworld’s Lucas Mearian reports: “Even if employees are physically prohibi... (more)

Five Private Cloud Pitfalls

There are many reasons to trust the private cloud – from reliability, to security and compliance, to predictability, private cloud can often be the best choice for a business. But just because it’s private doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to its own range of pitfalls. While the shortcomings of public cloud have been widely discussed, it’s important to note that private clouds, too, are associated with  a range of potential pitfalls you ought to be aware of. Private cloud may be the right choice for you, though it is not without its potential pitfalls. 1. Virtualization and clou... (more)

Three Surprising Cloud Security Threats

Threats to cloud infrastructure are widely discussed, but much of the talk is based on assumptions — the cloud must be less secure —  and fears — this is something new, so I don’t quite understand all the implications yet. OK, we will say it: Security is an issue in the cloud … and in traditional managed hosting, in-house data centers, and desktop endpoints. What’s important is to understand the specific security issues of each environment. Alert Logic (Logicworks‘ security partner) recently released the latest “State of Cloud Security” report, which provides and in-depth view o... (more)