Cloud Computing Changing IT Security Strategies

December 10, 2012

The rapid adoption of cloud computing services has led to a variety of changes in the enterprise, and IT security measures are included in that list.

A recent study by Gartner estimated that 10 percent of tech departments’ security software will be based in the cloud by 2015, according to Network World. The main focuses are expected to be web and messaging security and managing remote workers. Other issues like data loss prevention and authentication will likely be important to IT departments as well.

While organizations have their own incentive to maintain a high level of security for cloud-based information, they may soon be facing stricter legal standards. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, proposed in July, is currently up for consideration in Congress.

According to a recent CloudTweaks blog, the law would establish an information-sharing relationship between public and private organizations and government agencies. At the same time, it would require companies to report cyber incidents and breaches.

With so many businesses and organizations using cloud computing to store sensitive information, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, if enacted, could have a major impact on the corporate world.