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When designing your cloud architecture you may notice several differences between the cloud-computing environment and the “old world” of physical infrastructure. Two of the main differences are elasticity and dynamism, which are part of the cloud’s DNA. The fact that security-related components can be easily tested, evaluated and deployed allow many companies – both existing and newly established start-ups – to launch their solutions also or solely in the public cloud. Moreover, I argue that by combining the tools supplied by a cloud provider with external third party solutions, higher levels of security – not to mention peace of mind – are achieved. Best-of-breed By thoroughly evaluating your architecture, you can highlight the main areas of concern that are derived from either a business need or regulatory requirement, so that you can find the optimal security so... (more)

Can You Own Your Public Cloud?

  Public cloud computing is surging forward into healthcare, finance, and utilities. Popular cloud based implementations run the gamut from big data analysis to customer service applications, and everything in between. As more and more sensitive data processing is done in the cloud, encryption of data has become the obvious best practice. Google Compute Engine has provided data encryption for some time; and in a recent interview, AWS’s CTO said they’d like all data, or at least all sensitive business data, to be always encrypted.   Encrypting data immediately brings up the cha... (more)

Datacenter vs Cloud: Which is Right for SMEs?

Finally! As an SME competing with the big boys, you are often at a disadvantage: they have more money, more people, and more resources. But now, finally, you are in a better position than they are. When weighing cloud migration, your infrastructure is more easily adaptable, flexible, and migratable: you are positioned to take advantage of the benefits of different cloud scenarios faster than the big boys are! The CRN predicts that in 2014, small businesses will spend almost $100 billion on cloud computing services[1]. But, is the cloud right for your SME? The advantages of cloud ... (more)

Top 5 Best Practices for Cloud Security

Cloud computing security issues are constantly a top concern for IT leaders migrating to the cloud. There are many issues related to data security in the cloud and more than one approach to cloud security. Focusing on Infrastructure as a Service cloud security, there are five issues that repeatedly concern customers that are resolved by implementing the best practices discussed at a high level below. Cloud security best practices are technology related, but also focuses on P3: Process, People, Products. 1.     Choose your cloud wisely Infrastructure clouds come in many variations.... (more)

Answering Common Cloud Security Questions from CIOs

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 cloud security. 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)