Data security is rarely the first consideration when choosing a public cloud service provider. That’s changing, though, because of the rise of tougher rules, regulations, and standards aimed at protecting consumer privacy. Without data security, there can be no privacy.

Laws such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) are making chief information security officers pay closer attention to what data security means in the cloud. To comply with the laws, CISOs also need to understand what must be done to more effectively protect and govern data in a complex, geographically diverse, and hybrid IT ecosystem.

In a recent report, Micro Focus data security products executive Sid Dutta described the offerings of the “big three” public cloud service providers (CSPs)—Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Amazon Web Services (AWS)—serving up a framework with strategic selection criteria, and outlined what enterprises should be aware of before cutting a deal with any CSP.

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