Privacy highlights importance of encryption: CipherCloud

Cloud security company expects the growth of the Cloud to raise the profile of encryption

With the new privacy laws coming to effect in Australia, CipherCloud expects encryption to be a lead consideration at businesses.

Senior VP, Paige Leidig, said businesses will need to protect their data as they look to accelerate their adoption of Cloud based applications.

Leidig expects this increased interest not only from the private section, but also in the public one.

“Governments in Australia have a Cloud first policy, and as we’ve seen that increase in the lead-up to the new privacy laws,” he said.

Sectors that have shown a interest so far include the government, financial services, and healthcare.

“Encrypting and protecting data, specifically consumer and customer information, will continue to grow as organisations use Cloud applications,” he said.

Clearer visibility

Encryption is one of many security technologies currently on the market, though Leidig expects it to gain prominence in the coming months.

“It is a match made in heaven between Cloud applications and encryption,” he said.

Previously companies were using on-premise or private Cloud applications where they had full control and visibility of their information.

When buisnesses look to adopt the Cloud now, Leidig said they are worried aboutlosing control of their data and turning the responsibility to the Cloud provider.

“They don’t have full visibility into who has access to that data,” Leidig said.

With encryption, the customer has the ability regain control and manage their data going into the Cloud, including full visibility into who has access to it.

“They retain control of the keys so they can only encrypt and decrypt the data,” Leidig said.

With increased Cloud adoption, Leidig said there will be increased adoption of encryption as a result.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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