While public clouds have been gaining some momentum for certain workloads in the past two year, the NSA revelations and questions about the security of those clouds could slow that momentum. "We've seen companies rethinking their public cloud strategies and even governments in Europe advocating for the Balkanization of public clouds so that they reflect national borders," says Coviello.
He sees public cloud providers aggressively addressing the security of their clouds as a competitive differentiator and to stave off these threats to their business. "Providers of cloud security should have a banner year in 2014."
He says the events of the past year have brought the issue of insider threat in the forefront once again. He sees companies taking steps to protect themselves from the risk of substantial damage to revenue, brand and business continuity from actions brought by staff.
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