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
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,”
According to FierceCIO, this means that “deploying a cloud infrastructure
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
Other threats to cloud security include internal employees and
The consensus is that data encryption is ... (more)
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)
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)