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Sixteen Tips for Moving Your Workloads to the Cloud Got a plan for your move to the cloud? If you do, you’re in the minority. According to a recent study, a mere 31 percent of those planning a move to the cloud actually have a strategy for migrating data and applications. The rest don’t. To avoid the complexity and cost, we recommend heeding the following advice. It’s but a fraction of the endless recommendations we received from cloud experts who offered well-seasoned tips on what to do and not do when you begin planning to move workloads to the cloud. 1. Have a real reason for the migration “Cloud strategy is often not planned, but rather executed from impulses and desires of certain key individuals,” noted Bob Green (@BobGreenCPACITP), lead partner, business risk and technology services for SingerLewak. “If your plan’s finish line is ‘the app is running in the clou... (more)

Private vs. Public Cloud Security: Which Should You Choose?

Once you have made the decision that cloud computing is the way for your business to move forward, you are faced with the dilemma of where to keep your data for convenience, efficiency and most of all, security. When comparing private versus public cloud, it is clear that both have their advantages and disadvantages, in terms of control, ownership, cost and convenience. Yet the bottom line is that you can be very successful – and secure – with both. Private Cloud Security With a private cloud, you control the physical servers and the access to them. This means that you can creat... (more)

The HIPAA Final Rule and Staying Compliant in the Cloud

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule went into effect on March 26, 2013.  In order to stay compliant, the date for fulfilling the new rules is September 23, 2013, except for companies operating under existing “business associate agreements (BAA),” may be allowed an extension until September 23, 2014. As healthcare and patient data move to the cloud, HIPAA compliance issues follow.  With many vendors, consultants, internal and external IT departments at work, the question of who is responsible for compliance comes up quite often.  Not all organizations are equipped or experienced to meet ... (more)

New Key Technology Simplifies Data Encryption in the Cloud

Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorized person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated. The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider as... (more)

Cloud Encryption: How to Choose an IaaS Encryption Solution

During the past month or so, Rich Mogull, analyst and CEO of securosis has published multiple blogs on cloud encryption best practices, specifically in infrastructure clouds. The final blog IaaS Encryption: How to Choose, provides a good opportunity for us to touch and expand on some of the volume storage cloud security points highlighted on Rich’s article: “Always use external key management. Instance-managed encryption is only acceptable for test/development systems you know will never go into production” Instance managed encryption means the encryption keys are kept on the vir... (more)