Cloud computing myths vs. risks

By Molly Merrill
09:21 AM

Three of the most common risks:

Risk #1: Inadequate Access Control Policies. Failure to clearly articulate and enforce department and organization-wide IT security policies and procedures creates both internal and external confusion, which can lead to ongoing threats and vulnerabilities.

Risk #2: Lack of Education. When employees and other users are not educated on the "do's and don'ts" of IT security, they are less likely to take the proper steps to secure their own information. For a CIO and his/her IT department, an uneducated user base can quickly become your worst enemy.

Risk #3: Insider Threat. Most data breaches are the result of an internal user (yes, even employees, says Sroka) with access to sensitive information who unwittingly acts as an accomplice or an enabler to an external threat.

Gartner predicts a 20 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) increase in cloud services through 2014. Sroka says healthcare organizations that embrace this trend ahead of other adopters will not only achieve improved compliance and data security for their organizations, but also continue to provide patient care in a safe and secure environment.

Sroka oversees global operations for Fischer International Identity, LLC, and other holdings within the Zenerji, LLC portfolio management group, including Fischer International Systems Corporation.

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