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.

Companies should remember the basics for protecting contact data

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Many companies are neglecting to remember the basics of data protection in practices of address verification and validating email addresses, according to deputy information commissioner David Smith.

Mr Smith spoke at the Infosecurity Europe Event to say that he thought companies around the world were spending too much time focusing on technical security and not enough on data.

He blamed staff awareness and training for the failings in this area, v3 reported.

Cloud Security

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A prototype system allows companies that use cloud computing services to confirm that their data is safe from others using the same service provider. It can detect with 80 percent accuracy the presence of unauthorized processing on the same server; the rate of false positives is 1 percent. The system will notice both attackers and inappropriate data sharing.

Homomorphic Encryption

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erica Naone.

Craig Gentry is creating an encryption system that could solve the problem keeping many organizations from using cloud computing to analyze and mine data: it's too much of a security risk to give a public cloud provider such as Amazon or Google access to unencrypted data.

Security 'is not the only concern when conducting email marketing'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Firms in New Zealand that rely on email marketing strategies are among those to have been warned of some of the factors they must address when operating such a system.

Russell Parsons, writing for Marketing Week, explained security is the obvious item on the agenda, but there can be several others.

He noted there are numerous benefits to email marketing, such as reliability, a low carbon footprint and the ability to target the right audience.

Why Microsoft and Google Are Fighting Over Uncle Sam

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

CW Security Think Tank: What’s holding up the cloud?

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Warwick Ashford.

CW Security Think Tank: Are security concerns and a lack of adequate risk assessment tools the reason SMEs are not adopting cloud computing, or is the real reason something else that security professionals are also in a good position to address?