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Seven cloud security risks that will ruin your day

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The risky business of securing data in the cloud

Source:  Michael Kloran
Designer: Michael Kloran for TechTarget

When it comes to enterprise adoption of cloud computing, the numbers speak for themselves. Spending on public cloud services will exceed $127 billion in 2018, accounting for more than half of global software, server and storage spending growth, according to market analyst firm IDC.

But despite all the fuss, not all IT organizations are racing toward the cloud. And security concerns, especially surrounding public cloud and its multi-tenant nature, are a big reason why.

Many organizations' concerns about securing data in the cloud are valid. Without proper security measures in place, data stored and processed in the cloud becomes vulnerable to leaks and, even worse, to security breaches and attacks.

Ranging from BYOD to data residency, here's a look at seven of the most common -- and perilous -- cloud security risks, along with ways to identify and overcome them.

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