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Steps to Ensure a Smooth(er) Migration to a Cloud Service

August 30, 2012 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

Assuming you have selected a service to migrate to a cloud provider, and have selected the cloud provider, even after contract signing, things may still be far from complete. The migration process is the thing that can be very painful and can break the entire service for an extended amount of time...

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On Cloud Outages (Yeah, They Happen)

August 29, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

Cloud vendors are quick to point out how reliable their data centers are with redundant channels, power supply structures and the like. Any application running on the cloud needs to consider the same issues – it is unrealistic to rely on one single data center – a chain is only as strong as its weakest link...

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How the Cloud Disrupted the Corporate Ecosystem

August 29, 2012 Added by:Barrie Hadfield

As the cloud wields increasing influence on corporate environments, the traditional ecosystem becomes more antiquated. There’s some paradox in how the cloud is enabling productivity and collaboration while simultaneously eroding security protocols designed to protect intellectual property and corporate assets...

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Mobile Infrastructure: The Elephant in the Data Center

August 25, 2012 Added by:Tripwire Inc

One area that seems to be ignored is the infrastructure that supports increasingly cloud dependent mobile devices, possibly due to many not seeing server exploits and defenses as anything new. However, as the popularity of mobile devices push services such as the iCloud, exposure increases exponentially...

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The Unforeseen Risks of the Cloud

August 21, 2012 Added by:Barrie Hadfield

Consumer-based cloud platforms focus exclusively on usability and do little, if anything, to prevent the improper distribution of sensitive files and information across the firewall. the opportunity for corporate documents to fall into the wrong hands has become essentially limitless...

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The Cloud: It’s About Flexibility

August 21, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

As far as I’m concerned, the future will see a gradual shift from on-premise, to private cloud, to public cloud – that’s a factor of economics and scale. But the bottom line is that cloud isn’t about meeting a series of technical check boxes; it’s about meeting the needs of the business...

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The Future Ain’t Homogenized: Please Stop the FUD Vendors

August 15, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

At the end of the day, if is slightly cheaper to own your hardware than to rent, the fact is that if in doing so you have to spend time focusing on technology instead of focusing on your core business, then that savings pales into insignificance when compared to the real value that pure focus can bring...

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Don't Miss the TECHEXPO Cloud Computing Hiring Event

August 08, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

As a result of the shift to the cloud, there's been an explosion of career opportunities. TECHEXPO Cloud East will host its inaugural hiring event for cloud computing professionals. Over 20 industry leaders will be on-site conducting face-to-face interviews for immediate career opportunities in the cloud...

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Dropbox Security Issues: IT Has Only Itself to Blame

August 06, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

For Dropbox to admit that they were investigating the issue internally is a tacit admission that it is an internal issue rather than anything external. Yes Dropbox has issues, and yes those issues would appear to be indicative of something broader – but that doesn’t call into question the entire concept of cloud...

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Five Security Tips for Android Phones and Tablets

July 31, 2012 Added by:Nicholas Cifranic

Android app stores such as Google Play have little or no security implementation, so anyone with a developer account may publish applications. Although Google has been attempting to enforce more controls to detect malicious apps, hackers are still publishing malware disguised as popular applications...

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Technical Considerations when Moving to the Cloud

July 29, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

When faced by sometimes rabidly optimistic vendors that suggest putting everything into the cloud, right away, organizations are naturally a little confused when it comes to deciding what applications to move and how to develop an incremental migration strategy...

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GSA Seeks Cloud Brokerage Information

July 28, 2012 Added by:Kevin L. Jackson

The objective of this RFI is to learn more about how government can further leverage the key characteristics and advantages of cloud computing to save money and increase IT efficiencies. CSB's are one concept that GSA is exploring and this RFI contains questions specific to cloud brokerages...

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Full Analysis of the FFIEC Statement on Cloud Computing

July 22, 2012

"The FFIEC Agencies consider cloud computing to be another form of outsourcing with the same basic risk characteristics and risk management requirements as traditional forms of outsourcing". Whether you believe it or not, this is the stake in the ground for the FFIEC...

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Moving To The Cloud: Internal Business Considerations

July 19, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

Corporate IT changes dramatically with a move to the cloud – no longer do people need to spend time racking and stacking servers, patching software and other low level tasks – in the long run organizations will not have email server administrators, desktop software support personnel or systems administrators...

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Security Mistakes You Will Make on Your Next Cloud Project

July 18, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

The Cloud Security Control model looks great, but it doesn’t mitigate core vulnerabilities in your software. Once you choose the right service model and vendor, put aside the security reference models and focus on hardening your application software. It’s your code that will be running in someone else's cloud...

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Ten Things I’ve Learned About Cloud Security

July 17, 2012 Added by:Bill Mathews

Cloud security is tough for a lot of reasons, not least of which is because you probably only understand the basics of what you interface with - the controls the provider allows you to see. This lack of depth of management introduces many security related challenges. Having said that, let’s explore...

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