Gartner Research

Simplify Operations and Compliance in the Cloud by Encrypting Sensitive Data

Published: 15 August 2013

ID: G00255099

Analyst(s): Brian Lowans

Summary

Cloud storage and services are appealing; however, enterprises should employ cloud security best practices when processing sensitive data. CIOs and CISOs must understand the limitations of using encryption or tokenization in the cloud before proceeding.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Simplify Audits Such as PCI DSS When Using the Cloud by Implementing Access Controls and Encryption or Tokenization of Sensitive Data
  • Prevent Data Residency Issues by Developing a Data Storage Plan That Only Protects Sensitive Data and Applies Geographic-Based Access Controls
  • Avoid Data Breach Notification Requirements for PII and ePHI by Protecting Data Stored in the Cloud
  • Protect Sensitive Fields/Columns While Using Cloud SaaS Applications
  • Don't Rely on the Service Provider to Delete All Copies of Data in the Cloud
  • Digitally Shred Sensitive Data at Its End of Life by Destroying the Encryption Keys or Tokens
  • Select a Cryptography Solution to Suit the Use Case and Satisfy the Enterprise Key Management Strategy

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