3 reasons to embrace the private cloud

For everything cloud computing offers – speed, convenience, simplicity, offsite backups – its “public” nature remains a touchy subject for enterprise.

This simple fact explains why many organisations have been slow to embrace the cloud. In business, data security is everything. And for decision makers at big firms, trusting all mission-critical data into the care of a third-party IT vendor sounds just a bit too risky.

But with the arrival of the private cloud, organizations can enjoy...

By Aidan Grayson, 08 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Private, SaaS , Security.

10 things to think about when moving to the cloud

Moving applications to the cloud can create a more flexible, more responsive IT department, but what about moving application data to the cloud? How secure is that? And are cloud applications truly reliable and less expensive than on-premise applications?

Let’s consider some issues before you take the cloud-migration leap.

1. Goals Are you moving to the cloud to reduce costs, time-to-deployment, or your IT department’s workload? Goals are the foundation of success, so you should...

By Paul Moxon, 07 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Monitoring, Security.

CSA: What are 2013’s top cloud security threats?

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has released a new report designed to examine the most pervasive security threats still threatening cloud in 2013.

Called “The Notorious Nine” – presumably using the same nomenclature that Enid Blyton employed for the protagonists of her fabled children’s books – the CSA enlisted the help of industry experts, and is designed to be used in conjunction with other CSA best practice guides; “Security Guidance for Critical Areas in Cloud...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Analysing the evolution of single sign-on

Replacing mainframes with 21st century identity

By Paul Madsen, senior technical architect

The concept of single sign-on (SSO) is not a new one, and over the years it has successfully bridged the gap between security and productivity for organizations all over the globe.

Allowing users to authenticate once to gain access to enterprise applications improves access security and user productivity by reducing the need for passwords.

In the days of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 19 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security.

Personal cloud usage influences company adoption, says CDW

CDW report looks at the health of cloud computing in terms of drivers, barriers and cost and says that ‘work imitates life’ with cloud adoption

It’s that time of the year again; companies have stopped predicting what the cloud is going to look like for 2013, with organisations instead concentrating on what the ecosystem is currently looking like.

CDW is a case in point. The IT product supplier has issued its ‘2013 State of the Cloud’ report, surveying 1,242 tech professionals,...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration, Research, Security.

Companies afraid to move to the cloud because of government snooping

Cloud security is once again on the agenda after a report from Lieberman Research showed that nearly half of IT professionals were wary of keeping sensitive data in the cloud due to government intervention.

The survey was conducted at November’s Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Congress and found that the majority of respondents prefer to keep their most sensitive data on private networks rather than on the cloud.

Other top-line findings were:

  • Nearly nine in 10 (88%) of IT professionals believe some cloudy data could be lost, stolen or corrupted
  • Less than...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Security.

5 reasons VPNs suck in the cloud

VPNs-Suck-in-the-Cloud-LargeIf you’ve been around the block a few times, you’re probably wondering why the title of this post isn’t, 50 Reasons VPNs Suck in the Cloud. VPNs have long been the bane of both administrators and users (and lets not forget, support). They’re clunky, complex, and costly, and the same is true when they’re deployed to secure cloud access. Today, VPNs are increasingly used to connect to cloud computing resources. Either by...

By Dome9, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Scalability, Security.

Firewalls in the cloud era: They improve the cloud and the cloud improves them

Firewalls will always be required as they are the sole devices that analyse and control communication of data and applications.

Firewall technology ensures networks are running the way we want them to.  As a result I came to the conclusion that the question is not ‘will on-premise firewalls disappear’, but ‘how will firewalls be influenced by cloud technologies?’.

In order to address this we have to look at some of the history.

Enter Unified Threat Management

10 years ago the...

By Wieland Alge, 13 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Security.

New Zealand commissioner offers cloudy advice for SMEs

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff, has released a document discussing data and security implications for companies moving to the cloud.

Even though the report looks at the relative basics of cloud computing from an enterprise perspective, the guidelines it recommends still make interesting reading.

The key tenet from the research was that nobody else except the user is ultimately responsible for the information they put in the cloud. “If there’s a privacy breach, you’re...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.

How "policy as a service" is critical for cloud deployments

The financial ROI of cloud security and compliance is judged by decision makers in end-user organisations by the same measures as is done for Cloud computing in general, i.e. by how much it cuts up-front capital expenditure and in-house manual maintenance cost. However, manually translating security policy into technical implementation is difficult, expensive, and error-prone (esp. for the application layer). In order to reduce security related manual maintenance cost at the end-user organisation, security tools need to become more automated. With the emergence of cloud PaaS, it is therefore logical to move all or parts of the model-driven...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, PaaS, Security.