The Panama Papers. The Apple-FBI standoff. The Snowden leaks. The eBay breach.
Just to name a few.
Is it any wonder that data security and privacy are omnipresent issues for today’s IT leaders?
The critical concerns? Access. Control. Responsibility. For whom. And from where. It’s a complex set of challenges made even more complex by its global scale.
A rapidly changing regulatory environment in Europe, the Americas, and Asia has made it critical for IT leaders to be even more vigilant about their corporate policies concerning the handling of personal data, particularly in managed services environments.
The delineation is clear: data privacy is the purview of individuals; data privacy, of companies. In other words, individuals own their data; companies are simply the stewards.
Even so, the same rules do not apply in every jurisdiction – not by a long-shot – making the potential for corporate liability greater than ever before. A cloud can go anywhere. Not so with personal data.
The key for CIOs, IT Directors and CSOs? Know the risks. Know the issues. And know the right questions to ask, such as:
- What are the service provisioning policies set by cloud service providers?
- How do we adapt to new business models that help ensure data security and privacy?
- Do we know the actual physical location of the data?