Cloud Security

Making the Case for Security

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brian Krebs.

Major corporations have made serious mistakes with information security recently, resulting in spectacular failures to protect business and customer records. After years of warnings, why do so many businesses still fail to deal properly with this issue? Eugene H. Spafford, a professor of computer science at Purdue University who frequently advises government, law enforcement, and big companies, has some ideas. He spoke with technology journalist Brian Krebs for Technology Review.

How can businesses be secure and successful in cyberspace?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Warwick Ashford.

Cybersecurity experts agree the only way for business to be 100% safe from cyber attacks is to shut down all electronic connections, but no business could operate that way. The challenge facing most businesses, in the light of growing cyber threats, is to be secure and succeed in cyberspace. So what's needed?

Technological controls play a role, but that is not the most important element and certainly not the starting point, according to panellists who took part in a debate on the topic at the EastWest Institute's Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in London.


The Costs of Bad Security

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: David Talbot.

Keeping up: The Enterprise Strategy Group, a consulting firm, asked 308 IT professionals in large companies what factors motivated their decisions to improve data security. Regulatory compliance topped the list
Credit: Credit: ESG Research Report, Protecting Confidential Data Revisited, April 2009

A guide to ensuring your security in the cloud

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Everyone’s talking about cloud computing these days. However, there is a significant security risk that increases with the explosion of cloud computing adoption and could easily burst the bubble of the hype – leaving businesses and their suppliers without the silver lining they expected.

Cloud computing, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS … just choose your terminology, the one thing they have in common is they make applications or infrastructure available on an as-needed basis.


First-generation firewalls do not cut the mustard

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

In the wake of the InfoSec information security exhibition in London last month, I think I finally have Part II to my blog written to coincide with the event: Infosec 2011: application (development) appetisers Part I.

What I was looking for was some insight into how the mechanics of security technologies work, so I spoke to Florian Malecki who is EMEA enterprise marketing and product marketing manager at SonicWALL -- a company that describes itself as a purveyor of intelligent network security and data protection solutions.

Who Is Responsible for Cloud Security?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Sue Marquette Poremba.

On the tails of the Sony and Amazon breaches, a recent Ponemon Institute report had some very sobering news.


The study, “Security of Cloud Computing Providers," was sponsored by CA Technologies and found the following issues involving cloud security:


Rethinking IT Security in the Age of the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

There’s obviously a lot of concern when it comes to the security of public cloud computing services. But there’s also a lot of opportunity to right the mistakes of the past as IT organizations move to embrace what amounts to a fundamentally new approach to enterprise computing.

5 Reasons Why the Cloud Should Be More Secure Than Your Data Center

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Paul Rubens.

Infosec: Cloud computing ‘explodes’ the security perimeter

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Anh Nguyen.

Cloud computing makes the argument for protecting data, rather than the perimeter, stronger, according to encryption solutions provider SafeNet.

This is just one of the issues that the cloud computing trend poses for IT professionals, who, according to a recent report from Accenture and the London School of Economics and Political Science's Outsourcing Unit, are still on the whole unconvinced by the cloud, due to security and privacy concerns.

Former Cisco engineer faces extradition to US over hacking charges

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:

A one-time Cisco engineer who had sued his former employer, alleging it monopolised the business of servicing and maintaining Cisco equipment, has been charged by US authorities with hacking.

Peter Alfred-Adekeye, who left Cisco in 2005 to form two networking support companies, has been charged with 97 counts of intentionally accessing a protected computer system without authorisation for the purposes of commercial advantage, according to an arrest warrant. He faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted on the charges.