CIOs must scrutinise the security of their cloud setup

Research from IT recruitment consultancy Robert Half Technology has brought up an all too familiar story – CIOs are not testing the security credentials of their cloud vendor.

The latest figures suggest that 55% of the CIOs surveyed haven't tested the security procedures that their cloud vendor provides, despite the threat of expensive retrospective action.

Similarly, recent research has revealed that fewer than half of CIOs test cloud security systems and procedures. At the same time, the survey, conducted by risk consulting firm Protiviti, reported that 84% of respondents were concerned about cyber security.

This reveals a contradiction: why do CIOs care about cyber security, and yet not exercise measures to ensure data safety within the cloud?

This suggests that a significant trust in cloud vendors exists which may not be wholly warranted. Cloud storage has become increasingly prevalent in today’s market, with enterprises quick to embrace the benefits.

However, there are vulnerabilities in the current model of uploading information, and then trusting third parties to apply the proper privacy, security and authentication policies.

There have always been dangers in simply uploading data and assuming it remains secure. The latest figures are of particular concern as the majority of CIOs remain unaware that cloud storage services are not inherently secure, and that further measures must be taken to maintain data integrity.

Enterprises need to harness cloud infrastructure but also ensure that the information that they put into the cloud is secure. They need to regain the control over their own data and choose who can see it.

Without encryption of files and folders, cloud data is vulnerable to the dangers of the open web. Free services such as Scrambls for Enterprise and Scrambls for Files are integral to enhancing cloud safety, as they allow users to encrypt all types of files and folders through cloud services such as Dropbox or Microsoft SkyDrive. It brings a more secure method of data transfer for sharing files and folders with popular services such as Dropbox.

CIOs need to be proactively taking control of information back into their own hands and not assuming it will maintain integrity by itself. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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21 Jan 2013, 11:18 p.m.

In today’s environment where specialized IT skills are in high demand, concurrent with the need to keep departmental costs down, working with cloud technologies allows IT departments to meet their goals for increased productivity in a cost-effective manner.