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Cloud Security and Governance: Who's on your cloud? by Rob Zanella, Sumner Blount

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CHAPTER 2: CLOUD SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE – SETTING THE STAGE

We have already considered some of the advantages that Cloud Computing can provide to most IT environments. Why, then, is there not a stampede to adopt this model of computing? Often, the most commonly expressed reasons are concerns about security, privacy and compliance. When one considers moving to the Cloud, the first thing most people worry about is whether their data will be secure, how their applications will be protected from inappropriate access by unauthorized persons, and how they can ensure that they will remain compliant with key security-related regulations and mandates. To illustrate the prevalence of these concerns, a recent survey1 of 159 enterprises that were planning ...

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