I’m constantly annoyed by how broad the term “cloud” can be, and I try to use IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS instead, but even these categories are blurring at the edges. The bottom line is that if it’s hooked up to the internet, it can be controlled from a central location, and it scales up and down on demand, it’s in the cloud.Read More
It’s exciting to see that the GSA is leading the way to modernize the federal government’s IT by moving to “the cloud.” However, in the rush to save money, the GSA may be repeating some mistakes that company IT departments have already made. Until cloud vendors step up to guarantee that their security is on par with enterprise security, they will be a poor choice for our government agencies. We don’t need another WikiLeaks.Read More
The Cloud Security Alliance kicked off its first major event November 16-17, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. The CSA Congress 2010 successfully hosted 370 people with talks covering all aspects of cloud security over two days.
For those who were not in attendance at congress, this four-part series will summarize some of the most popular sessions at the event.
With Cloud computing at front and center stage of IT conversation, a sub group, Software as a Service (SaaS) Security, has benefited from the tailwind. Infonetics Research recorded growth of 70% in 2009 and IDC in their Worldwide Security as a Service 2009-13 Forecast predicts a market of $2B this year. Last September Larry Ellison…Read More
Recently I sat down with Steve Kwan, Trend Micro’s Senior Director of SaaS Operations, to discuss the challenges he faces as he moves Trend’s datacenter operations into the cloud. Steve has a great deal of experience with both traditional and virtualized datacenters. Most recently he helped guide product strategy for 3Leaf Systems, a developer of…Read More
We’re a few weeks away from the RSA Conference 2010 in San Francisco where I expect the hot topic will be cloud security. Yes, I’m biased, but let’s face it, cloud computing is here to stay. It provides real business value streamlining hardware and software while simultaneously giving IT budgets some breathing room. And it…Read More
Frank Gens of IDC says 2010 will be a transformational year for IT, driven in part by cloud computing. Although cloud computing is a hot topic, a lot of IT folks remain confused and unsure about a host of issues from vendor selection and control to security and compliance. We’ve tried to help by compiling…Read More
The public cloud holds tremendous possibilities for goodness in lowering computing costs and increasing flexibility, but the dark side of the world is always ready to take advantage of cloud delivery models like Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Arbor Networks recently spotted a Google AppEngine Platform-as-a-Service application being used for Command and Control (CnC) for a botnet (here…Read More
Portability and interoperability in cloud computing may seem tangential to security, but avoiding vendor lock-in is about more than having access to competitive pricing or better service. When relying on a single provider there is inherent risk, especially in the availability of the service and data. Throughout history the need for portability and interoperability has…Read More
Adding to what my colleague Todd has written on the Microsoft/Danger data loss issue… What has been billed as a large scale failure of cloud computing, more specifically, cloud storage, is making headlines and generating lots of heat but little light. Major outage hits T-Mobile Sidekick users: “Users of T-Mobile’s Sidekick have been suffering through…Read More