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CIO discovers the 'terrifying' reality of cloud apps running wild

Tom Kaneshige | May 12, 2014
Rogue cloud services are ripping gaping holes in the security fabric of most companies, putting the CIO in a tough spot. But as the fallout from the Target attack shows, IT and business leaders will go down together if the breach hits the fan.

Sounds like a no-win situation, right?

Hang Together or Hang Separately

Creative Artists Agency's Keithley says it's important to remind line-of-business managers that they share in the liability. He does so by pointing out the recent case involving retail giant Target. It's headline-sweeping data breach in December led to CIO Beth Jacob falling on her sword three months later.

While it's typical for the tech chief to get fired in the aftermath of a well-publicized breach, Jacob wasn't alone. The fallout finally reached the top business post this month with the resignation of Target president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel.

Keithley tells line-of-business managers that everyone will pay the price in a data breach. The risks are higher with cloud services, especially rogue cloud services not vetted by IT.

Then there's the direct approach.

"CIOs can tell business managers, if you choose to take the risk, go ahead," Gupta says. "But tomorrow if there's a breach and the data is compromised, if compliance regulations are not met, then it's going to be you and me in front of the board of directors, not just me alone."


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