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Secure cloud backup is a scenario which increasingly gains traction. It allows organizations to implement an off-site backup while maintaining costs at a minimum. In this blog post I would like to focus on a specific use case of secure cloud backup. The system we describe is comprised of an on-premise replication server, Porticor Cloud Security, and Amazon S3 as the final backup destination, all integrated by one of our fine cloud integrators. Secure Cloud Backup – The Business Need In this use case, an enterprise organization was struggling with an inefficient and costly offsite backup infrastructure that was meant to manage an incrementally expanding database.  An offsite server farm was costly to operate and maintain and the tape backup and recovery methods used were time consuming. Furthermore, the company failed to meet regulatory requirements with regard to da... (more)

Master Cloud Encryption Keys: The Heat Is On

Earlier this month, we discussed the effect of NSA Leaker, Edward Snowden and the Prism Scandal on the future of cloud security.  We asked (and answered) the question: What level of paranoia is justified in the wake of PRISM?  But it seems the scandal just grows and grows. We now hear that the Feds put heat on Web firms for master cloud encryption keys. It is unclear whether US authorities have the legal clout to obtain the master encryption keys that Cloud Providers use to shield customer data.  However, it is crystal clear that the government wants this right.  As the ripple ef... (more)

What Types of Data Require Cloud Encryption?

Government laws and industry regulations in the United States and around the world mandate protection of sensitive data. Data must be secure when at rest, during transactions and when it transverses network connections. Each industry has specific regulations, which are commonly used in data centers and should be used in the cloud as well.  Whether cloud encryption is demanded by your government, your industry, your customers, or simply your own good business sense – it is a best practice for any business that operates in the cloud. Encryption is more important in the cloud than ... (more)

Cloud Computing Security Issues and Challenges By @GiladPN | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The US Federal Communications Commission has recently reported that "theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft." Businesses can do a lot to protect themselves. The FCC issued a Tip Sheet for small businesses to promote employee security training, firewalls, securing of WiFis, and more. But for business operating in (or migrating to) cloud environments; data security, cloud computing security issues, and challenges take on  new meanings and require new strategies. Security in the Cloud: Unique Challenges In the cloud, data... (more)

Porticor Launches To Deliver Cloud Data Security

Porticor, the leading cloud data security company delivering the only cloud-based data encryption solution that infuses trust into the cloud by ensuring customer keys are never exposed, today formally launched to make available the industry’s first solution combining data encryption with patented key management to protect critical data in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Since Porticor uniquely addresses the fundamental cloud security issue of data encryption with keys managed in the cloud, companies are now assured that their private data stored in the cloud acros... (more)