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June 2013

Corporate data in the consumer cloud

Consumerization trends are having a massive effect on enterprise IT. As end users turn to easy-to use, cloud-based services such as Dropbox and Gmail, which are out of IT's control, they are putting pressure on corporate IT to provide more flexible and user-friendly applications while maintaining security. Consumer-focused apps and services can offer productivity benefits; they also pose significant challenges and risks for companies that do not have strong data policies. In this series, we delve into data loss prevention and usage polices that can lead to a solid corporate plan. We also explore some of the most popular consumer cloud applications that have entered the enterprise.

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  • Data loss prevention strategies in the cloud era

    Privacy regulations and concerns about leaks of sensitive information have raised the priority of data loss prevention as enterprises adopt cloud and mobile computing. Not only must IT craft business rules and tag critical data, but it must also involve different users and test and enforce its policies. Organizations want to limit their risk of exposure of sensitive data, so this chapter will help readers start their comprehensive planning.

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  • Setting cloud service usage policies for employees

    Cloud services are still a lawless frontier for many organizations. As with the consumerization of IT, companies need to first determine what is best for their purposes and then inform users of their data security policies. We also take a look at tools available for monitoring and enforcement. Users may not be aware of threats to sensitive data in the cloud, but there are ways for enterprises to retain control. Cloud-based services offer ease of use, and organizations are worried about reputational damage and regulatory compliance. As a result, securing corporate data is of high importance...

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  • Buying tips: Cloud-based services for business

    New cloud-based services offer serious conveniences for users and potential pluses for corporate IT. These services -- including Amazon Simple Storage Service, Box, and SkyDrive -- have entered the marketplace with simple value propositions. They offer easy-to-use, often no-cost, file-sharing services and storage. Considering the inelegant alternatives of the past, the convenience and performance of these services is a significant win for users. But cloud-based services should also give IT professionals pause. They pose issues such as data privacy and security. For IT and users to make secure, productive use of such services, companies need to have a strategy for segmenting and managing their critical and noncritical data. In this About to Buy guide on corporate data in the cloud, we explore some of the oft-used cloud-based services, their benefits and challenges for corporate IT, as well as features, pricing and other factors to consider prior to adoption.

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  • Regain control with a secure file-sharing system

    As users store increasing amounts of data to the cloud, enterprise IT must develop strong policies and procedures for guaranteeing access and security. Administrators can consider cloud-based, on-premises and hybrid file-sharing systems. Admins should also pay attention to factors such as security controls, mobile device management and data security. This chapter describes how to review consumer file-sharing apps and Software as a Service offerings to make sure they comply with corporate policies and regulatory requirements.

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