A 'cloud first' strategy calls for strong security: Five tips to get there

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Nicole Laskowski.

Security is still a major obstacle for IT when it comes to cloud adoption. That was made crystal clear at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council seminar on securing data, availability and reputation in the cloud, which attracted a mix of security, IT, entrepreneurs and business folks. As one attendee succinctly put it, "Why should we trust AWS [Amazon Web Services] when we have no visibility into their other side?"

The Data MillStill, there are plenty of organizations thinking in terms of a "cloud first" strategy, including the federal government. For readers who are looking for guidance on cloud security, here are five quick tips from the seminar's expert panelists on how to minimize security risks before partnering with AWS or any number of Anything as a Service providers...

1.    Take your time. And take advantage of free checklists, risk assessment methodologies and related info available to get up to snuff on cloud computing security. Chris Wysopal, co-founder and chief technology officer at Software as a Service security provider Veracode in Burlington, Mass., suggests the Cloud Security Alliance as a place to get started. "[Cloud] is a new infrastructure, and you have to understand how to use it securely," he said. "You can't use all of the traditional security technologies, so a lot of it is educating yourself on how to do it correctly."...

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