If business units and back office functions at your organization haven't started using cloud applications already (with or without your knowledge), they will soon. CIOs need to ensure that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications conform to your security policies.
"As SaaS applications like Dropbox, Google Apps and Salesforce infiltrate the enterprise, don't forget that on-premises best practices still apply," says Matt Conway, CTO of Backupify a provider of backup and recovery solutions for SaaS applications. "Security and backup in the cloud, for example, must be best-of-breed, especially when dealing with SaaS applications. Don't lose control of your data! If a cloud app goes down, you want your CEO to have access to the critical information he or she needs."