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October Volume 17 / No. 8

Regaining control of cloud compliance

As assets are moved to the cloud, organizations must take steps to ensure that cloud compliance requirements are upheld by third-party vendors. This is a major undertaking that requires knowledge of federal, state and international law; changing regulations; cloud security; and non-traditional information security controls and best practices. In this issue of Information Security magazine, we look at the shared responsibility model between organizations and service providers to protect data in the cloud.

Many companies have elevated the visibility of the CISO function in response to a series of high-profile breaches. Some organizations are hiring fulltime CISOs for the first time. Others are shoring up their ranks. At mature organizations, it is not unusual to have board-level discussions about cyber-risk oversight, with concerns ranging from assets at risk, to information security responsibility and reporting structures. As the CISO position continues to be defined, we look at the role beyond IT.

Investments in cybersecurity startups are taking off. Driven by CEO and board-level demand for promising technology aimed at protecting corporate networks and sensitive data, investors are pouring money into cybersecurity companies. While most investments are aimed at turning a profit for venture-capital firms, some companies are investing to reap the benefits of working with new technology and influence product development. We look at strategic partnerships and how funding startups can pay off.

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