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Data Dispersal: Where is Your Data?

By Dick Weisinger

In order to secure data, you first need to know where it is, and that has become increasingly challenging, according to a report by McAfee.

Businesses are migrating their data from on-premise to cloud services. Data is sprawls across multiple services, and users use both personal and business devices to access that data. It’s difficult for businesses to get a handle on where their data is and how it is being used and shared.

79 percent of companies allow their users to download data from the cloud to their unmanaged personal devices.

Nearly half of files uploaded to a cloud service are eventually shared using publicly accessible links.

Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president, Cloud Security, McAfee , said that “the force of the cloud is unstoppable, and the dispersion of data creates new opportunities for both growth and risk. Security that is data-centric, creating a spectrum of controls from the device, through the web, into the cloud, and within the cloud provides the opportunity to break the paradigm of yesterday’s network-centric protection that is not sufficient for today’s cloud-first needs.”

Joel Camissar, McAfee regional director MVISION Cloud Asia Pacific, said that “an in-depth understanding of where data goes, and how risks have evolved with the advancement of cloud infrastructure will help inform an appropriate cloud native security framework.”

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