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Gilad Parann-Nissany

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When considering the major benefits of modern cloud computing, the lower operational overhead of the cloud should be high on anyone’s list. But when it comes to sensitive data — such as healthcare, finance, retail or government data — security measures are needed to ensure privacy and abide by regulations. Such security measures may be prohibitive in terms of operational overhead. Companies are faced with finding the right balance between the lower operational overhead offered by the cloud and the higher operational overhead required by traditional cloud security. The role of cloud encryption in cloud security Moving to the cloud involves a number of perceived and real changes. Some of the changes are evolutionary. A modern cloud can resemble a data center in many of its management and security techniques. For example, modern clouds may offer identity and access con... (more)

Does Data Need to Go Overseas?

  Is data security in cloud computing possible in 2014? Recent reports on NSA spying have eroded trust in US-based cloud providers.  This is especially true for non-USA-based customers that use cloud services offered by US companies.  They see using an American cloud provider as a risk because they assume their data could be accessed by the NSA and other government organizations. This perception has caused companies such as Google, AT&T and Cisco to lose non-US business.   The Snowden leaks spotlighted the risk. The information that was leaked revealed that some of the biggest c... (more)

Cloud Security for AWS: Your Cloud Encryption Questions Answered

Last week, at the Amazon Web Services Summit in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, we met many companies who have deployed (or will migrate) their sensitive projects to the Amazon cloud.  These companies expressed real concerns about the security of their information, and the status of continued compliance with regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS.  Below, a summary of the questions we were asked at the show. Q.  Does Amazon Web Services completely cover cloud security? Amazon Web Services offers impressive built-in security features like firewalls, identity and access management, and ... (more)

Cloud Computing Security Needs: 7 Steps to Migrate to the Cloud

In 2008, the size of the cloud computing industry was $46 Billion. That is more than the GDP of Costa Rica! Think it’s a lot? Ready to jump on the cloud security bandwagon? That was 2008! In 2014, the size of the cloud computing industry has more than tripled to $150 Billion – almost the GDP of New Zealand. NOW are you ready? Besides the fact that everyone else is doing it, migrating to the cloud just makes good business sense. Whether you select a private cloud, a public cloud, or some hybrid of the two, cloud computing is just more powerful than traditional datacenters. There a... (more)

Answering Common Cloud Security Questions from CIOs

from InfoQ.com: With the news stories of possible data breaches at enterprises like Target, and the current trend of companies migrating to cloud environments for the flexibility, scalability, agility, and cost-effectiveness they offer, CIOs have been asking hard questions about cloud security. As CIO, protecting your data (and your users) is one of your key responsibilities. Whether you already have some cloud projects running or are starting your first cloud project, these questions and answers may provide you with solutions and introduce some new techniques. InfoQ: Is the cl... (more)