An increasingly mobile workforce creates imperatives for extension of corporate networks and connectivity. Security concerns become very real—nay urgent. Appliance based approaches to security do not work. Traditional security algorithms fail to provide the kind of security systems that are in demand. As a result, organizations must institute comprehensive security protocols and enterprise wide security policies that are operative across devices, systems, and networks.

A unified and intelligent approach to network security in the cloud dismantles any barriers to enterprise expansion. Data scattered across desktops, servers or hand held/ mobile devices can be captured and transmitted over the Internet securely to a central repository in the cloud provided the enterprise has a well thought out and executed device management and security policy.

IBM reports that mobile devices may be the most attacked devices in the coming years. This coupled with “bring your own device” policy adopted by enterprises could create security threats that have not yet been envisaged by the enterprise. The argument is in favor of creating policy driven access protocols and cryptographic algorithms that inform all devices connecting to the network over the Internet, LAN or WAN. An additional layer of security may be provided by hardware level identification of devices.

A consistent enforcement of enterprise security policy across users may prove vital to enterprise data security. It has been noted that enterprises that a lax on policy enforcement face greater risks of data loss. For instance, a number of scholarly studies show that free access to social media networks from within the enterprise network, exposes the organization to increased danger of malware attacks. Enterprises cannot police its users 24×7. They must prevent rather than cure the malady and ensure that they mitigate risks by educating their employees and enforcing the implementation of their security policy uniformly and consistently across the board.

Finally, vigilance and agility in dealing with data threats will ensure that security systems are never breached. Audit logs, system alerts, and any number of software alarm systems can be used to ensure that system breaches and security vulnerabilities are instantly brought to the attention of the IT administrator and dealt with seriously. The implication is that the security infrastructure that is established must work well on both cloud-based and premises based data solutions. Industry leading security threat detection systems must be integral to the implementation!