When considering the major benefits of modern cloud computing, the lower
operational overhead of the cloud should be high on anyone’s list. But when
it comes to sensitive data — such as healthcare, finance, retail or
government data — security measures are needed to ensure privacy and abide
by regulations. Such security measures may be prohibitive in terms of
Companies are faced with finding the right balance between the lower
operational overhead offered by the cloud and the higher operational overhead
required by traditional cloud security.
The role of cloud encryption in cloud security
Moving to the cloud involves a number of perceived and real changes. Some of
the changes are evolutionary. A modern cloud can resemble a data center in
many of its management and security techniques. For example, modern clouds
may offer identity and access con... (more)
Is data security in cloud computing possible in 2014?
Recent reports on NSA spying have eroded trust in US-based cloud providers.
This is especially true for non-USA-based customers that use cloud services
offered by US companies. They see using an American cloud provider as a
risk because they assume their data could be accessed by the NSA and other
government organizations. This perception has caused companies such as
Google, AT&T and Cisco to lose non-US business.
The Snowden leaks spotlighted the risk. The information that was leaked
revealed that some of the biggest c... (more)
Last week, at the Amazon Web Services Summit in San Francisco’s Moscone
Center, we met many companies who have deployed (or will migrate) their
sensitive projects to the Amazon cloud. These companies expressed real
concerns about the security of their information, and the status of continued
compliance with regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS. Below, a summary of the
questions we were asked at the show.
Q. Does Amazon Web Services completely cover cloud security?
Amazon Web Services offers impressive built-in security features like
firewalls, identity and access management, and ... (more)
In 2008, the size of the cloud computing industry was $46 Billion. That is
more than the GDP of Costa Rica! Think it’s a lot? Ready to jump on the
cloud security bandwagon? That was 2008!
In 2014, the size of the cloud computing industry has more than tripled to
$150 Billion – almost the GDP of New Zealand. NOW are you ready?
Besides the fact that everyone else is doing it, migrating to the cloud just
makes good business sense. Whether you select a private cloud, a public
cloud, or some hybrid of the two, cloud computing is just more powerful than
traditional datacenters. There a... (more)
from InfoQ.com: With the news stories of possible data breaches at
enterprises like Target, and the current trend of companies migrating to
cloud environments for the flexibility, scalability, agility, and
cost-effectiveness they offer, CIOs have been asking hard questions about
As CIO, protecting your data (and your users) is one of your key
responsibilities. Whether you already have some cloud projects running or are
starting your first cloud project, these questions and answers may provide
you with solutions and introduce some new techniques.
InfoQ: Is the cl... (more)