Last week I wrote about the RSA Conference currently on in San Francisco and what it meant for cloud security (See: Can The RSA Conference Help Dispel Cloud Computing Security Fears? ). Today’s article is an update on what’s happening in “The City by the Bay.” For one, cloud computing is high on the agenda at the conference, so much so that there is a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Summit on the schedule. I had touched on the CSA in an earlier article (See: Big 4 Auditing Firm Ernst & Young Joins Cloud Security Alliance) and there’s no doubt that
Can The RSA Conference Help Dispel Cloud Computing Security Fears? “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson, noted soccer coach. It’s no secret that fear about security, or lack of it, is the major stumbling block ahead of universal adoption of cloud computing. While many of the concerns are unfounded, some do, in fact, have bases. I have addressed these issues, and some possible solutions, in an earlier article (See: Cloud Computing Risks – And How to Deal With Them). In fact, I have argued that cloud computing is no less safe than
EPA Firmly Backs Cloud Computing at the Mobile World Congress Cloud computing emerged as an important discussion topic at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the European Privacy Association (EPA) issued a statement highlighting all the benefits of cloud technologies. EPA presented its campaign to encourage companies to invest in a cloud that respects privacy and to make cloud services more privacy compliant. The organization also pointed at the fact that European companies are lagging behind U.S. enterprises in terms of investment in cloud-based technologies and platforms. The European Union is developing a cloud strategy, according to Commissioner
Akamai Introduces New Cloud Defense Solutions Akamai Technologies, Inc. unveiled new cloud defense architecture aimed at protecting customers from increasing number of sophisticated Web attacks. Enhancements include improved protection from distributed denial of service (DdoS) attacks as well as improved cloud firewall featuring advanced vulnerability scanning and custom rules for additional protection against application layer attacks, the company said in a press release. Companies worldwide incur estimated losses of one trillion dollars a year, according to antivirus company McAfee, and Akamai unveils a new cloud security solution to help global business reduce financial damages from the growing number cyber attacks.
Governments and Cloud Computing – Where Do They Stand? “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.” – Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), 40th US President. Reagan’s views, though decades old, are still shared by the majority of the populace the world over. Governments across the world are considered the very antithesis of efficiency, adhering to long-held beliefs that have lost relevance and generally, averse to change. Governments have been traditionally slow adopters of new technology, and with the bugbear of supposed security concerns surrounding the nascent field of cloud computing, the latter can expect
Cloud Computing Deal between Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom and Inventec By Sourya Biswas of CloudTweaks Every day brings with it news of yet another deal in the cloud computing space. The latest such development occurred in Taiwan just before the end of the last year when Taiwan-based companies Chunghwa Telecom and Inventec signed a one-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop and promote cloud computing services. Chunghwa Telecom is the largest telecommunication service provider in Taiwan and a leading provider of cloud computing services, while Inventec is the largest server manufacturer in the country and one of the top four notebook