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Cloud concerns raise need for identity, access management

Oct 14, 2013 11:35:26 PM

The ongoing use of cloud computing in the private sector has given companies the unique ability to perform business-related tasks from virtually anywhere. Unfortunately, the technology has also introduced some document security concerns, as the use of the cloud has made it harder for management to monitor who accesses what and when.

A recent Forrester Consulting study highlighted this issue, noting that roughly a third of businesses are migrating highly sensitive information to the cloud, despite ongoing security worries. For this reason, among others, decision-makers are adopting identity and access management programs to mitigate risk, though many are unsure if the policies will match their use of the cloud.

"This survey reveals that enterprises recognize the need for cloud identity and access management but they're concerned about their ability to integrate these capabilities within existing infrastructures," cloud identity expert Brian Czarny said.

A separate report by CloudTweaks said organizations using the cloud need to implement a two-factor authentication process for accessing confidential resources. In doing so, companies will be able to deploy more effective document protection strategies and keep sensitive assets safer.