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No security shortcuts in the cloud

As the cloud has become the central data platform for enterprises around the world so it is an increasingly attractive target for hackers and criminals. Indeed, Microsoft’s latest Security and Intelligence report has shown that attacks on cloud-based accounts have increased by 300% in 2017 compared to 2016.

However, while the report states that: “a large majority of these compromises are the result of weak, guessable passwords and poor password management”, the report also identifies breaches of third-party services as a leading cause of compromised data.

This just goes to show how important it is that businesses choose cloud partners that can offer the highest levels of security – particularly when it comes to data hosting. Indeed, a separate report, Alert Logic’s Cybersecurity Trends 2017 Spotlight, has highlighted that security professionals’ top concern is securing data in the cloud. Interestingly, second on the list of concerns was threats to data privacy.

As security threats continue to grow, today’s IT departments need smarter and more responsive security solutions. In particular, they need to ensure that that their business’ data is safe and accessible only by you and your employees.

The need for greater security also means, as we have said before, that total end-to-end encryption is absolutely essential – it is simply not negotiable. Businesses have not just a right to protect their (and their customers’) data, they have a responsibility to do so. It’s why we have put encryption at the heart of the services we offer our customers.

And, for all the benefits of cloud platforms, that ultimately that is the key point. With security threats continually increasing, it is vital that any cloud solution is done right. There should be no shortcuts when it comes to data security.

Donald Trump Data Privacy

How much will Trump’s presidency cost the US cloud computing industry?

As we have blogged about before, President Trump has made a number of controversial moves regarding data privacy since his inauguration. Not only have these actions have served to severely dent public confidence in the US when it comes to data privacy, they have also served as a vital wake up call for businesses that store data in the US.

There are significant dangers that come from government, legislative and regulatory uncertainty when it comes to data privacy and security. The legislative environment of any country has a huge impact on the privacy and security that can be guaranteed by any data hosting company.

However, new analysis from Artmotion shows that Trump’s presidency could prove even more damaging for US cloud service providers themselves.

Of course it is still relatively early days for the Trump presidency, but our new white paper details some of the early warning signs for cloud providers in the US and looks at what they stand to lose in terms of revenue and market share.

To read the full analysis, download the whitepaper here.