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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 security poses new risks and challenges. We are no longer concerned just with burglars breaking into our offices to steal computers, but rather with the data belonging to complete systems deployed to the cloud. When using public cloud infrastructure like that of AWS, VMware, Microsoft Azure... (more)

AWS Security Tips By @Porticor | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

AWS Security Tips from Amazon Web Services CISO, Stephen Schmidt In a recent interview at AWS re:Invent, the vice president of AWS security engineering and the chief information security officer of Amazon Web Services, Stephen Schmidt, had these cloud security tips for AWS customers: 1. Understand your part of the shared responsibility model “It’s a shared responsibility. We are responsible for the bottom layer. We are responsible from the floor of the data center up to the hypervisor,” said Schmidt. According to FierceCIO, this means that “deploying a cloud infrastructure doesn’... (more)

Hardware-Based Key Managers By @GiladPN | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Cloud Key Management vs. Hardware-Based Key Managers Cloud security is a top concern for any organization migrating to the cloud. The threats are many. For example, the fact your data resides in a shared, multi-tenant environment is a threat that has become a reality with the latest Xen virtualization bug, which allowed a malicious fully virtualized server to read data about other virtualized systems running on the same physical hardware or the hypervisor). Other threats to cloud security include internal employees and even governments. The consensus is that data encryption is ... (more)

Security Issues in Cloud Computing By @GiladPN | @CloudExpo

Security Issues in Cloud Computing: Porticor’s AWS Experts Discuss In a recent webinar, Porticor’s AWS cloud security experts took on the security challenges companies face when migrating to AWS (and other IaaS clouds) and offered alternatives that enable IT Directors to take advantage of the cloud, while maintaining control of their data and its security. Security Issues in Cloud Computing: Are you a TARGET? We are all familiar with the infamous Target hack, which saw bad guys accessing Target’s payment systems through access granted to an HVAC subcontractor, and accessing paymen... (more)

10 Things You Need To Know about HIPAA Compliance in the Cloud

Healthcare businesses are adopting cloud computing in record numbers due to the available cost-efficiency, scalability, and flexibility. According to a report by Accenture, nearly one-third of healthcare sector decision makers said they are using cloud applications, and 73% said they are planning to move more applications to the cloud. When considering cloud computing for personal health information, healthcare businesses must be aware about the effect of HIPAA compliance in the cloud. 1. Strive to achieve “Safe Harbor” Safe Harbor is a provision to HIPAA’s Final Breach Notificati... (more)