Items Tagged with "Cloud Security"


Between You and Me, This is Not Private...

July 22, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn

If most websites can’t get password storage right, you can bet they can’t get storage of the content you are trusting them with right either. The private documents that you stored with your favorite cloud service are probably not encrypted in a way that only your account can decrypt, if they’re encrypted at all...

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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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Penetration Testing the Cloud: Three Important Points

July 17, 2012 Added by:Brandon Knight

One area where companies seem to become lost is when talking about performing penetration testing services against their deployment. While there are some details to work out, fundamentally this type of assessment translates well when talking about applications and infrastructure deployed in the cloud...

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Data: The Final Frontier of the Collapsing Perimeter

July 16, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

If we as IT professionals and architects acknowledge that the perimeter is now around the data, what solutions do we have for protecting it? How can we protect data which is mobile, usable, and in a constant state of danger? The answer seems to be some form of protection that involves our old friend, encryption...

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Department of Defense's Cloud Computing Strategy

July 12, 2012 Added by:Stefano Mele

The DOD has specific challenges that require careful adoption considerations, especially in areas of cybersecurity, continuity of operations, information assurance, and resilience. Additional challenges include service acquisition and funding, data migration and management, and overcoming network dependence...

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Web Application Firewalls: There is No Spoon

July 12, 2012 Added by:Wendy Nather

I agree that some apps can't be remediated in a short time span, others can't ever be fixed, and so on - for those exigencies a WAF is better than nothing. However, I would caution anyone against deciding that the wave of the future is to rely on the WAF or other network-based security device for application security...

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The Patchwork Cloud: Breaking Laws You Didn't Know Applied

July 11, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

The challenges of dealing with a completely connected, ubiquitously computable world are that data can be moved, stored, and used anywhere and that the infrastructure that moves that data around is less and less under your control. That's an interesting thing for information security professionals...

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Cloud Surveys and Extrapolating Out to Disruption

July 11, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

NBVP had around 40 industry collaborators survey close to 800 respondents to ascertain their key issues impacting cloud computing. Security remains the primary inhibitor to adoption with 55% of respondents identifying it as a concern, followed by regulatory compliance at 38% and vendor lock-in at 32%...

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Nonsense Abounds, and More is Coming...

July 05, 2012 Added by:Jack Daniel

You cannot “stop attacks”, you can only alter the consequences of the attacks. You can stop attacks from succeeding sometimes, and minimize the impact on your organization, but the attacks will come no matter what. Further, the idea that “attacks” only fall into two categories, zero-day and patchable, is more nonsense...

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Two-Thirds of Management Don’t Know Where Their Data Is

June 25, 2012 Added by:Headlines

“The most disturbing findings were the number of companies that report they have no way to track what data is being stored in the cloud, no process to manage access to that data (or plans to do so), and that management doesn’t know where enterprise data is stored. This should act as a wakeup call for organizations..."

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The Cloud: It’s Not About Cost

June 24, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

I was interested to read recently a survey that was commissioned by the Cloud Alliance. What was key for the respondents? Data security and end-user privacy were paramount. One-quarter of survey respondents in organizations with more than 200 workers listed security and privacy as their primary concerns...

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Cloud Insecurity? NSA Chief Keith Alexander Thinks Not

June 14, 2012 Added by:Headlines

“If you’re moving information into the cloud, it just seems to me that all kinds of nasty activity could go on in there. I would take a Missouri approach and say, ‘prove it to me, show it to me,’ how it’s more secure,” said former director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the Air Force...

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The Path to NoOps is Through the Cloud

June 12, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

So what is the single most valuable piece of technology that can push a development closer towards a NoOps methodology? I believe it's the adoption of cloud computing. While many of the security folks who read this blog are probably shaking their heads right about now, read on and let me convince you...

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Forecast 2012–Enterprise Cloud Best Practices Panel

June 11, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

Some cloud vendors are engaged with IT and following a top down adoption approach while others are aiming for a more viral bottom up adoption. What issues do these different approaches raise and how do we navigate this path while ensuring agility and compliance?

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Close Encounters of the Third (Party) Kind...

June 06, 2012 Added by:Neira Jones

There are numerous third parties and cloud providers around. A few have already achieved a dominant position, but a recent article highlighted that "others have opportunities to get into the act by offering more security and protection". So there you are, security can be a unique selling proposition...

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