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Users See Security Issues in SaaS

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Software as a service (SaaS) may be one of the hottest storage networking technologies, but users are still nervous about sending their critical data off-site.

We just don’t feel comfortable with that; it’s more secure for us to keep it in-house,” said William Souder, the chief information security office at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga. “Our data is so sensitive with regard to the Family Educational Rights and Family Act (FERPA) and HIPPA, that we’re constrained.”

A myriad of vendors, including IBM, Google, Dell, and EMC, have thrown their weight behind SaaS, whether in the form of cloud computing , hosted email, or online backup services.

Berry College’s Souder did not rule out the possibility of using SaaS at some point in the future, but said that he would take some convincing before deploying the technology.

“We could put things out to a third party, but the vendor would have to be certified, and we would have to think about the transport of the data going over the WAN,” he said.

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