Gartner Highlits Need for Cloud Security Checks.

August 3, 2013
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By Jordan Novet (from Giga Om.)

“It’s one thing for security vendors to scare people into thinking the cloud isn’t secure and their products can save the day: that’s been part of the security business forever. It’s a whole other thing when companies realize the security features included in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) contracts are subpar.

That’s just what Gartner is finding, according to a statement the analyst group released on Thursday.

Gartner’s Alexa Bona said SaaS customers ought to push for terms on data recovery time and data integrity in the contracts they sign. And contracts should also ideally make it clear the services will be subject to regular vulnerability testing and won’t be accessed by unauthorized third parties. On top of that, if a service gets hacked and data is stolen as a result, the vendor should have to compensate its customers.

At the very least, contracts should say the service will get a security audit each year and maintain legitimate security certification. And it should let customers jump out of a contract if a security breach happens.”

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