January 16, 2014

The Silver Lining Of The NSA Scandal

The truth is that for enterprise security folks, the threat to our privacy and data is not the NSA. It’s the hacktivists, criminal organizations and rogue insiders who are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to gain access to our corporate intellectual property.

If there is a silver lining to the NSA story, it’s that it brings visibility to the issue of data security. SaaS applications—where software and data is centrally hosted in the cloud—and physical devices like servers, notebooks and cell phones can collect and store data at an unprecedented scale. This data comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to understand what technologies exist to secure the data and how policies are defined and enforced to protect it.

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