This week in the GRC space, new research from IDC shows security and regulatory concerns are holding back cloud adoption, at least in the utilities vertical; NextDocs upgrades its SharePoint compliance product; Avira tracks lost Androids and LockPath partners with Qualys.

Compliance Holding Back Cloud Adoption

Big Data raises its head this week in the GRC space with an IDC cloud computing survey, which found that Big Data is increasing Western European utilities' appetite for cloud products, with 46.2% of respondents positive that cloud would be able to solve Big Data issues.

The survey results are analyzed in a new report by IDC Energy Insights that highlights the nature of current cloud environments, future plans for cloud deployments, industry-specific drivers and inhibitors for cloud investments and delivery model and cloud service type preferences, specifically focusing on Western European utilities.

It also found that security and regulatory compliance are the main barriers to public cloud adoption for utilities, with around 24% believing that regulation will negatively affect cloud adoption.
In the utilities vertical, most enterprises believe that public cloud computing encourages more standards and quicker implementation.

It’s only a small insight into what’s happening in the Big Data space and what the principal concerns of users are, but it is a telling one and likely to repeated across other verticals.

The report, Business Strategy: Utilities and Cloud Computing: A View From Western Europe is available to purchase from IDC

NextDocs Upgrades SharePoint Compliance Product

Meanwhile, SharePoint compliance vendor NextDocs, has unveiled the company’s compliance and collaboration software for life sciences companies.

The updated release of NextDocs for SharePoint 2010 includes enhancements that support global life sciences companies including:

  • Document relationship functionality for global regulatory collaboration
  • Reference Model foundation, which can be adapted and expanded through configuration to meet the specific needs for pharmaceutical, biotech, CRO, and other life sciences companies

It also comes with the ability to create investigator and site documents from metadata, which means the checking of the availability of country-specific documents allowing shipment of the investigational product.

NextDocs Regulatory Document Management Solutions are a suite of SharePoint-based content management solutions enabling regulated businesses to manage, organize and connect their regulatory data. The regulatory solutions combine an end-to-end set of features, spanning the document lifecycle from the inception and authoring, up to the submission and archiving of regulatory documents.

Avira Tracks Missing Androids

Also this week, IT security expert Avira announced the general availability of Avira Free Android Security software, which can remotely locate, lock or erase an Android phone anywhere in the world to maintain security. It can even make the phone "scream" to help you find it hiding behind the couch cushions.

The Avira Free Android Security app works in concert with a Web-based console to locate, lock up and manage Android phones remotely. It offers features like:

  • Remote Scream: From the Web console, trigger the phone to scream for 20 seconds to help locate the device.
  • Remote Lock: If the phone goes missing, the owner can lock the device with a 4-digit PIN and display a “call owner” phone number on the screen. Unlike the remote wipe features in other software, remote lock will secure all data on the phone but it can be unlocked when the device is eventually found.
  • Location Tracking: The Avira app on the Android device can send real-time location coordinates back to a display on Google Maps.

Avira Free Android Security is compatible with Android versions 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is available for download in English.

LockPath, Qualys Partner

Finally, GRC vendor LockPath and cloud security and compliance vendor Qualys have announced an integration partnership to offer businesses visibility into their security and risk postures.

Through this partnership, users will get QualysGuard’s vulnerability data from scans of enterprise assets imported into LockPath’s GRC solution, Keylight, augmenting its risk reporting capabilities with security intelligence to produce a holistic view of business risk.

The combined solution offers a customizable dashboard that enables managers and executives to better understand risks to the organization. It also comes with correlation and classification of vulnerability data with enterprise assets to provide insight into business and operational risk.

Other features include centralized reporting for vulnerability data in addition to other security and compliance data points, as well as an automated approach to import vulnerability data from QualysGuard, as well as the ability to assign tasks and track remediation via Keylight’s workflow engine.