Healthcare cloud security: Now and into the future

By David Linthicum

Healthcare providers and payers that utilize cloud platforms to store and access personnel records (and like data) are probably storing protected health information (“PHI”), which is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Rules now in place govern the use of cloud computing to store health-related data, including personnel-related data.  The consequences for failure to comply can be severe to a company’s...

By Logicworks, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Government, Security.

Six of the best: Scams, shams and snoopers

The latest edition of CloudTech’s look at the best links from around the web has a slightly nefarious tint to it, with stories of scammers, snoopers and sham artists. Thankfully though, there are some good news stories further down, proving good things come to those who wait.

1)  Beware: The cloud’s Ponzi schemes are here [Infoworld]

David Linthicum, writing for Infoworld, sheds light on an announcement...

By Cloud Tech, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Security.

The Affordable Care Act and cloud computing: Understanding the links

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to reduce costs while improving quality of care.  Of course, those in Healthcare IT have been trying to reduce costs and improve care for years.  Perhaps there are some real opportunities to improve IT delivery around the ACA, and those opportunities may exist more in cloud than traditional approaches.

Delivering high-quality clinical care is impossible without the support of strategic, integrated,...

By Logicworks, 03 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Security.

Demand for data sovereignty puts home grown data centres in the spotlight

The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry.

This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data.

Companies, governments and the European Parliament are starting to take a long hard look at the whole issue of data sovereignty which may well trigger a rush for...

By Simon Taylor, 11 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Security.

The outlook for privacy and data protection for cloud in 2014

2014 is likely to prove to be a big year in data protection for many industries - none more so that the cloud computing industry with the possible adoption of the EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, implementation of European cyber security strategies and moves by Germany and France to set up a European Communications Network.

In a recent weekly podcast, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a European Communications Network should be set up to avoid potential access to data by the U.S....

By William Long, 06 March 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Legal, Security.

Moving your law firm’s data to the cloud: Easily said, easily done

This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel.

In a profession notorious for being slow to change, cloud-based solutions for many of the traditionally office-based systems like...

By Logicworks, 14 February 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Industry, Legal, Migration, Security.

Research claims UK businesses struggling to cope with cloud boom

A new research report from cloud identity management provider Okta has revealed that nearly four in five (79%) UK IT decision makers are looking to increase the amount of cloud applications in their company through the coming year.

Yet the report, entitled ‘Identity Management in a Cloud and Mobile World’, also found that data security remains a concern of cloud adoption for seven in 10 organisations.

Not altogether surprisingly, the report from an identity and access management (IAM) firm focuses...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Research, Security.

How the PRISM fallout is impacting cloud adoption

The fallout of the Edward Snowden scandal that broke over the summer is being felt globally, with concerns around governments’ ability to access data prompting many organisations to rethink their investment in ICT and the cloud. It is this information that has contributed to analysts estimating that the US cloud computing industry could lose up to $180 million by 2016. This has opened up a debate – has the PRISM...

By Len Padilla, 27 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Security.

New cloud contact center capabilities strengthen Aspect’s market position

Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement

At its industry analyst conference in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2014, Aspect proudly discussed its newly refocused business. Two years ago the vendor was working closely with Microsoft and struggling to gain new business in a saturated contact center infrastructure market. However, Aspect begins 2014 with new products, strong financials for 2013, and a positive growth forecast.

The strategic acquisitions it made in 2013 have helped Aspect get back on...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, M&A, Security.

Sony’s move to cloud gaming goes up a gear with PlayStation Now

Sony has announced PlayStation Now, a service which allows gamers to stream a variety of PlayStation titles across a range of devices without a console in sight.

The announcement was made at CES, with games from Sony’s previous three consoles being utilised and the service available on the PS4, the PS Vita, as well as Sony’s Bravia TV sets.

The technology for PlayStation Now came from Gaikai, a company which streams high-end video games. Gaikai was bought by Sony in July 2012 for $380m, a clear...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security.

Why cloud and mobile security management is gaining momentum

As more business applications move to the cloud, security seems to be top-of-mind for all concerned parties. Also, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend, along with more smartphones and tablets that require wireless connectivity in the workplace, has increased the level of concern for many IT managers and executives. Keeping business systems safe and protecting the data that they hold has never been more difficult to achieve, according to the latest market study by Ovum. The typical corporate ICT environment continues to be threatened by security attacks -- ranging from opportunistic hackers using pre-built tools through to targeted, well-resourced, state-sponsored cyber activity.Ovum believes that online attack volumes will continue to rise and no...

By David H Deans, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Research, Security, Trends.

Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on security, storage and a Swiss Cloud

The negative press surrounding the cloud computing industry following the NSA PRISM leaks in June wasn’t a huge surprise.

But there are usually winners and losers in every situation – and Swiss cloud service providers stand to gain the most from the scandal.

Due to the country’s more stringent data privacy laws – a formal request from a prosecutor would have to be sent off before a CSP allows access to data in Switzerland – those at the eye of the storm are experiencing greater...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Interview, Security, Storage.

CipherCloud: NSA PRISM scandal helped company grow “tremendously”

When the NSA PRISM revelations hit back in June, it initially spelled bad news for many cloud industry players, especially in the US. With analysts speculating that the damage to the US cloud computing industry could go as high as $35bn, it was a fractured period of time.

For San Jose-based cloud information protector CipherCloud, however, it was a different story.

CEO and founder Pravin Kothari and senior vice president Paige Leidig were both at a...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Interview, Security.

The reality of data security in the cloud

Data in the cloud is increasingly viewed as the reality of IT infrastructure management.

With such ubiquitous data storage on cloud-based, cloud-based is at odds with the naysayers who continue to cite security concerns as a reason not to move data to the cloud.

So we have a discrepancy – cloud data storage is widely used, yet there are concerns about the security (compliance and privacy also) of the data itself.

What gives?

The rapid rate of cloud adoption has given rise to the natural necessity to...

By Logicworks, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure, Security.

Cloud-based security services growth to reach $3.1bn

Given the differences in market maturity, cultural acceptance and local IT infrastructures, considerable regional differences exist in the deployment rates of cloud-based security systems. They all play a part in the level of spending dedicated to this delivery model -- when compared with on-premises business technology deployments. Moreover, privacy remains an inhibitor in the deployment of all forms of cloud-based services by the late adopter market segment. In particular, it's a big issue in those regions and countries with strong...

By David H Deans, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Security.

Swisscom sets up “Swiss Cloud”...but it’s not in response to NSA

The Switzerland-based telco Swisscom is in the process of building a national “Swiss Cloud” – but denies claims that the primary motivation is around acquiring customers spooked by the NSA scandal.

The story first broke on Reuters, with the news agency reporting that the move is “driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic”, according to Swisscom head of IT services Andreas...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, IaaS, Industry, Security.

How to balance cloud security with agility in the healthcare vertical

Back in July, a study released from the Ponemon Institute cited cloud-based storage and mobile applications as the typical sources for cloud security concerns within many healthcare organizations.  However, it was not understood if this worry was around just the concept of cloud computing and mobile computing, or if these organizations are dealing with true issues.  I suspect it was the...

By Logicworks, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.