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In a Feb 2014 survey, 94 percent of organizations surveyed reported running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.[1] According to research firm Nasumi, there is over one exabyte currently stored in the cloud. An exabyte is over a billion GB.[2] Considering the amount of data in the cloud and the growing rate of adoption for sensitive use cases, it is natural that securing our data in the cloud is a concern. But, cloud security, though rightfully a central concern, should not be a hindrance to aggressively moving workloads and applications to the cloud. In fact, there are some misconceptions about cloud security that need to be laid to rest. Myth #1: A cloud provider's customers can attack each other The multi-tenant environment of cloud computing has given rise to a misconception that the provider's many customers can access each other's dat... (more)

Why Does the Cloud Attract Hackers?

Cloud Security Breaches and How to Avoid Them The cloud is expanding. More applications are being run online. More data is being stored online. More businesses are relying on public, private, and hybrid clouds for their apps, records, and backups. And more hackers are taking advantage. Why Security Breaches Happen in the Cloud Hackers aren’t attacking the cloud; the cloud is their access point to attack your business. CIO.com found that 85% of IT professionals are confident in the cloud provider’s ability to provide a secure environment. CompTIA’s Annual Information Security Tre... (more)

Can You Own Your Public Cloud?

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 imm... (more)

Cloud Security - 'Best Practices of the Fortune 500'

Cloud Security Best Practices of the Fortune 500 When you plan your migration to the cloud, and the cloud security best practices to secure it, there is no need to reinvent the wheel.  Here is some advice from the Fortune 500. Use these tips to learn from others’ successes and to avoid their failures – maybe their companies can afford “valuable” learning lessons, but yours would do better heeding their advice for free. Intel: security is a concern in both private and public clouds Mr. Jason Waxman | General Manager | Intel | www.intel.com The GM of Intel speaks up about the diff... (more)

Enterprises Are Doing Encrypted Cloud Storage Wrong

Encrypting cloud storage is now in the mainstream, the accepted best practice and a business imperative. Across the world and all industries, enterprises need to encrypt cloud data to stay compliant, safe and competitive. There are several offerings of encrypted cloud storage for enterprises. And yet, many enterprises are still doing it wrong. Which of these pitfalls has your company fallen into? Encrypted Cloud Storage Mistakes 1. Allowing Others to Control and Access Stored Data Whether they do so knowingly or naively, by using a provider to encrypt data and manage encryption key... (more)