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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. Access >>>
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Privacy regulations and concerns about leaks of sensitive information have raised the priority of data loss prevention as enterprises adopt cloud and...
Cloud services are still a lawless frontier for many organizations. As with the consumerization of IT, companies need to first determine what is best...
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Consumerization security and compliance
Rather than try to secure the plethora of consumer devices accessing their systems, enterprises may have better luck focusing on data and application...
Setting cloud service usage policies for employees
Getting control of cloud-based applications
Employees use cloud services for work whether those services are sanctioned by IT or not. IT's only choices -- aside from blocking every service, ...