Cloud lock-in a bigger issue than security Before LabSlice I was employed as a Security Architect for a major bank. Banks, government departments and health providers are naturally suspicious of technology solutions that they do not fully control. This is why cloud security is frequently listed as a concern for big industry, typically followed by operational uptime concerns. What you can’t control with your big budget is usually what you fear will backfire and cause you trouble. But that’s not my stance. In general there is little that differentiates normal security concerns from cloud security concerns, and the big players (Amazon, Google and Microsoft) can
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.
Data Integrity, Data Resilience and Data Security Given the recent rise in popularity of cloud-based solutions, it is not surprising that there is a concern in the minds of many people regarding the security of their data. This is safeguarding the data against: Unauthorized access Data corruption or loss Hardware failure In reality, you will use much of the same precautions for cloud-based solutions as you would for a solution running in a corporate datacentre. Data Integrity When you are running an application on a server, you normally configure a suitable backup routine so that it is safe in the
Cloud Computing Risks (And How to Deal With Them) “Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.” – Frederick Smith, founder, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx. There is absolutely no doubt that cloud computing is beneficial to companies looking to revolutionize their IT infrastructures. However, there is no denying that certain concerns do remain. While we do advocate what Mr. Smith says in the quote above, of not refusing to embrace new technology for fear of setbacks, it’s always better to recognize beforehand some risks with cloud computing and how to deal with them. Here,
Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing Before getting into the nitty gritty of what we did in our projects for hardening the cloud servers hosted by us, we would like to emphasize the following, so that these can be firmly embedded in the mind set of readers. First, the way cloud computing is attracting attention is mind boggling. Enterprises have started adopting to cloud concept where in they go for sharing public infrastructure. Having started this trend, it will go without any stopping in future. Traditional Security measures practiced in-house are not enough in the new trend. Second, the inherent nature
CSC Introduces First On-premise Private Cloud Billed as a Service Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which provides consulting and IT services to industry and government introduced .CSC BizCloud™, the only on-premise private cloud billed as a service currently available, the company said. The main advantage offered by the new cloud solution is its ability to combine the privacy, security and control of a private cloud with the agility, convenience and commercial model of a public cloud. Thus, organizations that are security-sensitive will be able to adopt Cloud Computing solutions. “BizCloud and CloudCompute provide the centerpiece of the modern virtualized datacenter. There
ScaleUp Targets Cloud Services “Point of Purchase” Germany’s ScaleUp Technologies started offering cloud services after being in business as a managed service provider for over a decade, a fact that gives them a competitive advantage in terms of established business practices and management vision. The company delivers a self-service cloud management platform aimed at providers of Application Centric Cloud Solutions and Cloud Storage while offering public, private and hybrid clouds. ScaleUp’s data centers are located in Berlin and Hamburg and are well situated to serve various locations across Europe under strict supervision by the European Union authorities. In January, 2001