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Five cloud security concerns you must address

To achieve the cost, staff collaboration and productivity benefits of cloud computing, companies and their CIOs must first address the main security concerns around cloud data networks, says HP.

All industry surveys of CIOs and their attitudes around cloud working show that data security and data privacy are the main areas which can slow or even block wider cloud take-up.

This HP whitepaper covers the five cloud security areas CIOs must address to alleviate concerns about cloud working. These are the security of cloud access devices, like laptops, tablets and phones; the security and availability of the cloud platform being used; and identity and access management (IAM) for the cloud - the security processes which staff have to go through to access cloud services.

The other two areas of concern are security and compliance management for the cloud - including addressing industry regulations over data storage and management; and the security impact of using the cloud among all stakeholders.

Overall, this whitepaper covers the areas of people, policies, processes, products and proof of security metrics around secure cloud working. HP says companies must take a holistic view to succeed in the cloud security arena.

To read the entire HP Whitepaper, download it here (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.