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Dawn of data protection regulations: Will you be a hero or a villain?

Matthias Yeo, Chief Technology Officer APAC at Blue Coat Systems | May 10, 2016
On movie screens across the globe, Iron Man battles Captain America in fear of reckless power left ungoverned. Like Iron Man draws power from his suit, the cloud imbues organisations with remarkable power and flexibility. Yet, with great power comes great responsibility. Organisations must wield it effectively and protect users and their data, lest shadow IT creeps up, and hackers strike.

3) Ensure data protection

Accidental breaches are one of the main causes of information leakage. Companies are shamed when private data is uncovered to have been unwittingly shared. The main reason for this happening? The cloud makes it almost too easy to share files. Within two clicks, data can be categorised as "share with everyone". Hence, we need to go beyond traditional Data Loss Protection strategies, adequately classify data stored in the cloud for what can and cannot be shared, and put mechanisms in place to ensure the policy is enforced.

The Incredible Hulk of this story is Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). Independent of your cloud service providers, CASB will mitigate the risk of shadow cloud applications while enabling the secure use of sanctioned applications across your organisation. Be the superhero, arm yourself with the correct tools in your cloud adoption strategy, and data protection regulations will become mere fences your company easily soars over. 


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