A year ago we posted a compendium of Cloud and Cloud Security resources. This posting has been consistently among the top hits to the Cloud Security Blog proving that, when it comes to Cloud the one thing we all need is clarity!
Two of the most useful resources for Cloud 101 make up the common body of knowledge for the CCSK certification:
- Cloud Security Alliance: Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing
- European Network and Information Security Agency: Cloud Computing Risk Assessment
Once you have the basics down, there are several industry organizations and groups which help facilitate understanding of the cloud, provide best practices and enable standards:
- The Cloud Security Alliance is a non-profit organization formed to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. They’ve got both an active Google Group and LinkedIn Group where you can ask questions or check out the issues facing other IT folk. Follow them on Twitter at @CloudSA. In addition to the guidance and certification there are a number of projects worth checking out:
- The Jericho Forum is an associated dedicated to advancing secure business in a global open-network environment.
- Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum is a non-profit association formed to drive the adoption of cloud services. Join their Google Group to learn more.
- Distributed Management Task Force: Cloud Management Standards addresses management interoperability for cloud systems.
If you are ready to get involved, there are several online discussion groups:
- Cloud Computing (Google) and Cloud Computing (LinkedIn)
- CloudCamp (Google) and CloudCamp (LinkedIn)
- The VM People Virtualization & Cloud Group on LinkedIn is targeted at Virtualization & Cloud Computing professionals to network and discuss industry related topics.
Finally the Cloud and Cloud Security community has a number of interesting characters that express themselves through blogs, tweets and podcasts:
- Craig Balding: Cloud Computing Security, @craigbalding,
- Christopher Hoff: Rational Survivability, @Beaker,
- David Linthicum: Cloud Computing (InfoWorld), Cloud Computing Podcast, @DavidLinthicum
- James Urquhart: The Wisdom of Clouds, @jamesurquhart
- Geva Perry: Thinking Out Cloud, @gevaperry
- Randy Bias: Cloudscaling, @randybias
- Kevin Jackson: Cloud Musings, @Kevin_Jackson
- Sam Charrington: Cloud Pulse, @samcharrington
- Reuven Cohen: ElasticVapor, @ruv
- James Watters: SiliconANGLE. @wattersjames
- Jay Fry: Data Center Dialog, @jayfry3
- Jeff Barr: Amazon Web Services Blog, @jeffbarr
- Chris Wolf: Chris Wolf’s Virtualization Tips and Ramblings, @cswolf
- Chenxi Wang: Chenxi Wang’s Blog
- John Willis: IT Management and Cloud Blog
- Chirag Mehta: Cloud Computing
- George Reese: @GeorgeReese
- Stuart Miniman: @stu
- Lori MacVittie: @lmacvittie
- Simon Wardley: @swardley
- Dave Asprey: @daveeasprey
- Trend Micro: @trendmicro, @trendoncloud
- CloudAve, @krishnan
- Inside Enterprise IT (Dell)
- The Citrix Blog
- Cloud Computing at Alltop