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Data watchdogs seek ‘added value’ in GDPR cloud codes

A revised version of the EU Cloud Code of Conduct was published earlier this month. It is the latest version of a code of conduct developed by the cloud computing industry and has been put forward as helping cloud service providers to meet their obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

However, the code will only be truly relied upon to show effective GDPR compliance if it is approved by data protection authorities. To-date, none of the other codes the cloud industry has developed have had that approval.

Full article: Data watchdogs seek ‘added value’ in GDPR cloud codes

McAfee: 26% of companies have suffered cloud data theft

Enterprises are moving their data to the cloud, but not everybody is certain that the cloud is as secure as it could be, according to the third annual report on cloud security from cybersecurity firm McAfee. This is due in part to the fact that one in four companies has been hit with cloud data theft.

McAfee released its third annual report ahead of the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week. The survey polled 1,400 global information technology professionals in the fourth quarter.

Source: McAfee: 26% of companies have suffered cloud data theft | VentureBeat

62% of enterprise IT leaders say on-premises security is better than cloud

Virtually every organization is moving workloads to the cloud, but many remain wary of its security, according to a Thursday report from Barracuda Networks and Dimensional Research.

Some 56% of the 608 IT security decision makers surveyed for the report said that their on-premises security is superior to what they could find in the cloud. This number was even larger—62%—for those in enterprises with more than 5,000 employees, the report found. In large enterprises, 22% of IT leaders said that security strength was no different between the two environments, and 16% said that cloud security was stronger.

Source: 62% of enterprise IT leaders say on-premises security is better than cloud – TechRepublic

Data protection watchdog promises new cloud computing guidance

New cloud computing guidance is to be issued by an EU data protection watchdog this year.

European data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli confirmed the plans in his newly published annual report for 2017. Further new guidelines on IT governance and management will also be issued by the supervisor in 2018, according to the report.

Source: Data protection watchdog promises new cloud computing guidance

Box intros new services to help customers prepare for GDPR requirements

Box is rolling out new services that aim to help its customers comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements that go into effect in May.

The cloud storage company is first launching an electronic self-service addendum that lists all of the approved legal mechanisms for data processing required by the GDPR. Once signed, Box customers can then provide the Data Processing Addendum (DPA) to third-party auditors to verify that their use of Box meets GDPR’s compliance requirements.

Source: Box intros new services to help customers prepare for GDPR requirements | ZDNet

Study: Big gaps emerge between countries on attitudes towards data protection in the cloud

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, can today reveal that while the vast majority of global companies (95%) have adopted cloud services, there is a wide gap in the level of security precautions applied by companies in different markets. Organizations admitted that on average, only two-fifths (40%) of the data stored in the cloud is secured with encryption and key management solutions.

Source: Gemalto and Ponemon Institute Study: Big gaps emerge between countries on attitudes towards data protection in the cloud

Cloud computing: Why a major cyber-attack could be as costly as a hurricane

The economic costs of a large cyber-attack could be as large as the impact of a major natural disaster. The destructive tropical cyclone hurricane Katrina hit the US in 2005, causing $108bn in damage — but that could be exceeded by the cost of a major cyber-attack, according to one expert.

Source: Cloud computing: Why a major cyber-attack could be as costly as a hurricane | ZDNet

Researchers develop data-portability recommendations for the cloud

The upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation enhances the existing individual rights by creating a new right to data portability. That right requires controllers to provide personal data to the data subject in a commonly used format and to transfer that data to another controller if the data subject requests.

Source: Researchers develop data-portability recommendations for the cloud

UN privacy expert weighs in on landmark US Supreme Court case on jurisdiction over cloud data

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy has submitted independent expert advice to the US Supreme Court in a landmark case.

The court is to decide on the validity of a search warrant which requires Microsoft to hand over the entire contents of an email account housed in its data centre located in Ireland.

Source: OHCHR | UN privacy expert weighs in on landmark US Supreme Court case on jurisdiction over cloud data

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