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Cloud Security Is a Challenge for Users and Providers

Joe Mont | November 24, 2015

Even for Tolga Erbay, a man who makes his living in the world of data security, the number was startling.

Tolga ErbayErbay, compliance manager for the popular online storage provider Dropbox, was at a recent Cloud Security Alliance conference in Germany. He struck up a conversation with an IT manager at a 150,000-employee company. An investigation into that company’s online activity found that employees were using nearly 900 cloud-based applications and programs that relied upon some form of online storage.

Only 20 of those applications were actually authorized by the company.

That gap between policy and practice is a huge problem for businesses. Especially in highly regulated industries, storing sensitive data on some external vendor’s digital vault can expose that data to security hazards and quite likely, the sort of...

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