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Former NSA Director: Cloud Security Must Be Improved

Experts insist that security in the cloud must be improved for the technology

Businesses in numerous industries are using cloud technology to augment several IT tasks such as data storage and application hosting, among others. However, despite providing enterprises with cost-saving and productivity

Businesses in numerous industries are using cloud technology to augment several IT tasks such as data storage and application hosting, among others. However, despite providing enterprises with cost-saving and productivity benefits, experts insist that security in the cloud must be improved for the technology to reach its full potential.

Speaking at the third annual Cloud Security Alliance summit during the RSA Conference, former director of the National Security Agency, Michal McConnell, said more secure clouds and industry best practices must soon be developed.

"Drive this technology, and drive the standards to force change. The economics of the cloud are so compelling they can't be denied. We have to get the security aspects right," McConnell said, according to Computerworld. "There isn't an entity on the globe that is safe from penetration. Not one."

McConnell added that the United States is the most "digitally dependent nation," making it all the more important for U.S. businesses and government leaders to collaborate on creating strategies that balance privacy, business interests and national security.

According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, less than half of IT security professionals and compliance officers believe their organizations are currently capable of securing cloud infrastructures.

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