Backupify recently joined the Cloud Security Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the use of security best practices within the cloud computing industry. There are some pretty innovative companies in the organization including Box, Adobe, AWS, Cisco, Ebay, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Symantec, and many more so we’re excited to join.  We’ll be part of a community of industry leaders committed to defining standards for security in the cloud and we can contribute our security knowledge to the alliance.

Cloud security continues to be a critical issue - one that’s growing in importance as more companies adopt cloud-based applications. In a keynote panel at the MIT CIO Symposium last week, speakers discussed cloud security. It turns out that cloud security is still the biggest hurdle to cloud adoption especially for companies in regulated industries like Healthcare.

Some companies are wary of making the move to the cloud in the first place due to security reasons, and among the ones that have moved, there is a misconception around cloud security. Many companies believe the data stored in the cloud is completely secure and that the cloud is an all-in-one solution (that includes comprehensive security).

SaaS applications are trustworthy but it’s important to remember that they do not protect against data loss such as user error, third party application corruption, hackers, and malicious employees. Information in the cloud is often left vulnerable to these other risks so it’s crucial to have a comprehensive approach to security (including a cloud-to-cloud backup solution) to address and mitigate all the risks of data loss.