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
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
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
Encrypting data imm... (more)
In a Feb 2014 survey, 94 percent of organizations surveyed reported running
applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service. According
to research firm Nasumi, there is over one exabyte currently stored in the
cloud. An exabyte is over a billion GB. 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.
Cloud computing is increasingly becoming part of the enterprise IT landscape.
In fact, a recent cloud security survey conducted by HP reveals that 70
percent of all respondents say their company is using some form of the cloud.
The study also found that cloud penetration jumps to 80 percent for
enterprise-size organizations. With such dramatic growth figures, it is no
wonder that enterprise companies are carefully reviewing cloud security
policies’ implication on cloud data. Here’s another fact from that same
survey: While more than half of those using the public cloud are confid... (more)
Disruptive Innovations in Cloud Computing
The global village, mobile devices, online marketplaces, social networks, and
on-demand entertainment all have a part to play. People all over the world
are increasing the time they spend in the virtual world. They’re buying,
selling, sharing, studying, developing apps, hanging out in social networks,
and starting to use digital currencies that bypass traditional banking.
Alongside these community-driven ideas, we are also seeing enormous change in
business to business relationships. Cloud computing enables any size business
to obtain and... (more)