Improving cloud security may require focus on reduction

Having the right tools for the job should not be an objective measurement. Companies must understand what resources will best help employees perform and provide them with these enterprise IT solutions. Failing to do so could be the main trigger in spurring rogue clouds, unmonitored mobile devices and dangerous data practices.

The fight against these kinds of possible incursions is taking a big step forward thanks to progressing cloud standards and capabilities. V3 reported that a study by IHS found that the usage of unauthorized mobile devices has been declining and may continue to do so as the storage capabilities and proliferation rise. Researchers feel that increased accessibility and more diversity in cloud offerings will help users feel less inclined to store data on their phones or bring tablets to work with them, since work-owned technology will be able to meet their needs more completely. Coupled with the rising popularity of as-a-service solutions, writing data to personally owned mobile devices could be a thing of the past.

Fighting the problem
That's a good sign for companies that have heretofore been too wary of government cloud computing to add it to their infrastructures. IDG reported that a study by the International Data Corporation showed that rogue mobile usage and bring-your-own-device programs were among the leading concerns of businesses that allow for remote work. Among these firms, half admitted to having no user guidelines or restrictions in place for tablets and smartphones, but these companies have simply tried to shy away from cloud and mobile by keeping them out of corporate practices. Not only does this limit functionality, it could be the instigator that stirs employees, especially those in the field, to use their own rogue clouds and mobile applications. Without protocols or necessary tools, employers could be inviting more dangerous software into the workplace while trying to keep out the safer varieties.

To remedy both of these issues, TechTarget wrote that firms should seek out cloud-related options that offer certification. Enterprise IT solutions should rely on vendors and third-party providers who have been cleared as government cloud computing partners. Whether that means hiring more well-trained staff members or providing educational opportunities to current staff members is up to the organizations making these decisions, but pursuing educational options will create a better-informed organization that knows how to block organic risks and deter others through appropriate deployments.

Reaping the rewards
Such ambitions are already becoming apparent in the business world. According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, cloud computing has become much safer since 2010. The report, "Security of Cloud Computing Users 2013," showed that about half of all businesses are currently showing confidence in their deployments, up five percent since the last survey period. This still leaves significant room for improvement, the authors and researchers admitted, but it indicates that corporations are trying to make headway in preventing the kind of data misuse and leaking instances that seem to have become routine in the enterprise realm.

Improving best practices and creating more secure infrastructure may require keeping some tools out of the corporate landscape, such as personally owned mobile devices and rogue clouds, but in order to deter integration of these resources by employees, companies must in turn offer comparable solutions. By creating a web of programs and hardware in the work sphere that comprehensively covers every element of an employee's work needs, businesses may be more successful in rooting and keeping out unwanted technology and risks.

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