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Companies are increasingly moving their data security to the cloud. By the 2015, 10% of overall IT security enterprise product capabilities will be delivered in the cloud, according to a study conducted by Gartner. In fact, the cloud data security market is expected to reach $4.2 billion by 2016. Are there compelling reasons to move your own data security to the cloud? I am a firm believer that cloud security is a godsend to companies dealing with sensitive information, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Here are the top reasons to consider moving your data security to the cloud: 1. Security in the cloud reduces costs Many companies assume that the responsibility for data security can be delegated to an in-house IT specialist. But security requires significant expertise, and not every organization has it. In fact, an SME should not need to build... (more)

Cloud Encryption at The Application Level For Cloud Security And Full Compliance

It’s a common sense fact that a cloud encryption solution needs to fit the specifics of a requirement. Some scenarios need out-of-the-box solutions that require no changes to existing application code. Other scenarios demand changes to application code. A recent article by Ken Smith pointed out the limitations of out-of-the-box solutions, and militated for application-level code implementing cloud encryption solutions. Application-level solutions do have definite benefits for compliance requirements. If you want to be sure that cloud database administrators cannot read sensitive... (more)

Living with Spies in the Cloud: Protecting Your Privacy with Cloud Encryption

  NSA and Cloud Encryption The firestorm in the press, driven by the Snowden revelations, keeps growing. As the astonishing leaks get published, we discover that the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) has a full-fledged program in place, spending hundreds of millions of dollars, to tap into Internet communications and get around the encryption that protects data on the internet. Both laymen and experts are far from calm. The scandal is both a crisis of public trust in the government, and a technical challenge for the security industry. Technology businesses are worried about t... (more)

Cloud Security Stats & Facts Affecting IT Directors By @GiladPN [#Cloud]

Cloud computing is your future operational platform, (virtual) data center, and application platform - all rolled into one concept from multiple vendors. The following are 25 recent statistics about the current and future state of the cloud that will help you understand the breadth of the cloud and the benefits it can bring to your organization and your career. Facts Seventy-five percent of IT decision makers, cloud vendors, and business users used the cloud in some way in 2013, compared to 67% the previous year, according to the Future of Cloud Computing Survey. Forty-four perce... (more)

Cloud Computing Sells Itself: the View from Netflix

The CloudScaling blog scores something of a coup with its interview of Netflix’ Cloud Architect, Adrian Cockcroft. As everyone should know, NetFlix moved its core business application to Amazon Web Services, including “encoding movies for streaming, log analysis, production web site and API, most everything that scales with customers and streaming usage”. This Porticor blog has always avoided the debate about public vs. private clouds. Our attitude is simple: we don’t sell cloud, Cloud Computing sells itself. Netflix’ story is a case in point. The numbers quoted mean that a lot o... (more)