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Special Edition, November 2013

IT, workers need to know cloud storage security basics

Application virtualization can reduce risks to mobile devices, but cloud computing could still foil plans for enterprise security. IT professionals need to deal with workers who use cloud-based file storage and productivity services for both personal and business purposes. "Many security controls are abstracted away to a third party such as Amazon, who presumably has better resources than a small company to monitor and improve security," said Rohit Sethi, vice president of Security Compass, an IT security consulting company in Toronto. Leaving security to cloud-based file storage service providers can lighten the load for IT departments that may not have the specialized skills required to administer certain aspects of the infrastructure, but it also takes control from the enterprise. "Somebody else controls your data, which can lead to issues in the case of a breach," said Sethi. "You may not have the ability to shut down a server and/or obtain a copy of the hard drive for evidence, for example." Foley & Lardner LLP, a global ...

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