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June 28, 2013

Organizations More Confident Transferring Sensitive Data to the Cloud

Everyone knows that cloud technology is the next big revolution in the IT industry. But concern regarding data safety still looms large over cloud adoptions.

Although companies still have their doubts about the safety of cloud, they are taking the initiative to transfer sensitive data to the clouds. In its global study, titled Encryption in the Cloud, Thales (News - Alert) e-Security, a provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions, states that an increasing number of users are transferring their data to the cloud.

Compared to the last year’s study, there has been an increase of 10% in the number of people who transfer sensitive data to the cloud. While this is welcome news for cloud service providers, there is some disturbing news for them, too. About 22% of respondents believe that the cloud service provider is responsible for the safety of their data.

What is more disturbing is the fact that many companies simply have no idea whether their cloud service provider offers security to their data or not. A few use network level encryption tools such as SSL to protect their data in the cloud.

“Encryption is the most widely proven and accepted method to secure sensitive data both within the enterprise and the cloud, but it’s no silver bullet,” said Richard Moulds, vice president strategy, Thales e-Security. “Decisions still need to be made over where encryption is performed and critically, who controls the keys. This is perhaps one of the reasons why new key management standards, such as the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), have already attracted considerable interest, particularly in the context of cloud encryption.”

Recently, the company showcased its line of high assurance data protection solutions at an event. These systems improve the security of Microsoft (News - Alert) identity management and data encryption collaboration systems.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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