CBR Online reported that CipherCloud has revealed that 64% of organizations consider regulatory compliance and information security standards as the top reasons for securing data in the cloud. Its "Cloud Adoption & Risk Report in North America & Europe" report examines the kinds of data security challenges facing 2000 global companies, and identifies the steps are being taken to mitigate these risks in the cloud.
Data encryption (81%) led tokenization (19%) at enterprises with a cloud security deployment. North American enterprises were found to encrypt in 85% of cloud security deployments, while European enterprises encrypted in 78% of cases.
The leading adopters of cloud data protection were the healthcare industry with 38%, followed by Finance with 25%. These sectors were found to have the biggest focus on protecting electronic and personally identifiable information - no doubt due to strict data privacy requirements from governments and sector specific guidelines.
Tokenization was found to only be favored by only one sector, Government, while other sectors focused their data protection efforts on encryption. This is due to the function preservation and the ability to search, sort and filter data with an encryption system.
This story blends nicely with my statement in yesterday's post that law firms won't get truly serious about data protection until there are federal laws and/or regulations with teeth.
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