Cloud Security

RSA Sees GRC Moving to the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

The increasing complexity of complying with regulations has become one of the primary drivers pushing IT organizations to shift management of governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) into the cloud.

According to Art Coviello, president of the RSA division of EMC, a new report issued by a Security Council for Business Innovation, which is made up of senior IT executives that are customers of RSA, highlights the increased nuance and specificity required to manage GRC.

Forecast for Cloud Security: Still Cloudy

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Herman Mehling.

While many companies are moving their apps and services to the cloud, roughly half are unaware of what they are getting themselves into, security-wise. That’s the main finding of Security of Cloud Computing Users, a recent study done by the Ponemon Institute for CA Technologies.

European Data Privacy Restrictions Slow Cloud Computing Spread

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Lora Bentley.

Adoption of cloud computing is spreading rapidly in the United States, primarily because it "allows companies to tap enormous computing power...without having to invest in the infrastructure," The New York TImes reports. According to Gartner, global sales of cloud services are expected to reach $102.1 billion by 2012. But Europe is only expected to account for approximately 29 percent of those sales.


Will Two-Step Authentication Provide Better Cloud Security?

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

As more enterprises consider moving to cloud computing, security in the cloud remains a major concern, particularly the ease in which hackers can gain access to data.


Google fires engineer for privacy violations

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Sumner Lemon.

A Google engineer was fired for violating the company's privacy rules, Google said today. The search giant was responding to a report that the engineer had improperly accessed the accounts of several teenagers.

"We dismissed David Barksdale for breaking Google's strict internal privacy policies," said Bill Coughran, senior vice president of Google, in a statement.

Security, availability drive APAC private cloud interest

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

Chris Morris, director of IDC Asia-Pacific's practice group, said that 2011 will be a "big year for private clouds" as more CIOs look to the safer option of creating a virtualized, cloud computing datacenter environment within the company.

He went on to note in his presentation at a conference Monday that security concerns over transacting in a public cloud environment, as well as worries about possible downtime and poor performance of public cloud services, have made CIOs wary.

IBM X-Force Report says security threats have reached record levels

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: David Heath.

"Threat dynamics continue to multiply and evolve at a furious pace, making it more crucial than ever to look at unfolding trends so we can better prepare our clients for the future," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "This year's X-Force report reveals that although threats are on the rise, the industry as a whole is getting much more vigilant about reporting vulnerabilities. This underscores the increased focus among our clients to continue looking for security solutions that help them better manage risk and ensure their IT infrastructure is secure by design." 

CSC Pushes Cisco Cloud Agenda

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

CSC today announced an extended alliance with Cisco and EMC under which the IT services firm will be touting the Cisco Unified Computing System and VBlocks as the ideal “purpose-built” platform for cloud computing.

Security Makes Crummy Case for Windows 7 Migration

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

On August 10, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) issued its biggest-ever set of “Patch Tuesday” security bulletins and fixes. Redmond posted 14 new bulletins, in addition to the bulletin posted August 2 after another vulnerability became public.

Facebook Fixes Privacy Bug

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Brian Prince.

Facebook has fixed a bug that could have been abused by someone looking to get their hands on the full names and photos of users.

Atul Agarwal of Secfence Technologies posted information about the issue to the Full Disclosure mailing list Aug. 11. If someone entered a user’s e-mail address and the wrong password in the log-in page, the site coughed up the user’s full name and profile picture in addition to an incorrect password message.