Kim Dotcom fights back at US government in new whitepaper

After a raid at his New Zealand mansion in January last year, the larger than life Kim Dotcom has released a whitepaper taking direct aim at the US government.

The paper goes into detail how the raid wasn’t enough for “The Government Communications Security Bureau” who continued to illegally spy on Kim Dotcom for ten days after the raid on his home, according to his lawyers.

These very lawyers, US lawyer...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Government, Security.

Brass tacks: Answering the security questions that matter

Enterprise security can be a labyrinthine, complex beast with many moving parts, dozen upon dozen of requirements, needs, implications, options and alternatives.

But when we get down to the nitty gritty (the brass tacks if you will), security can be simplified by six simple questions:

WHO is logging in?

WHAT are they accessing/viewing?

WHERE is the device from which that person logs in?

WHEN was any asset changed/modified/moved

HOW are they authorised/credentialed?

WHAT is the impact of the event?

Now determining the answers to those questions might require a bit of...

By Cloud Security, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Proactive security is required in highly regulated industries

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure and SecurityMaintaining security that meets the risk and compliance requirements of the enterprise is a constant challenge. Systems and networks are becoming more open and accessible, but at the same time, threats have become more advanced, persistent, and complex. This is a particularly important issue in highly regulated markets such as financial services, where failure to protect sensitive information will have a negative effect on the business and how it is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hacking, Infrastructure, Security.

Cloud security: From hacking the mainframe to protecting identity

By Andi Mann, Vice President, Strategic Solutions at CA

Cloud computing, mobility, and the Internet of Things are leading us towards a more technology-driven world. In my last blog, I wrote about how the Internet of Things will change our everyday lives, but with these new technologies comes new risks to the organization.

To understand how recent trends are shifting security, let’s revisit the golden age of

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

Private cloud drives data centre expansion, says survey

Half of those polled in the latest cloudy survey have said they will “definitely” look to expand their data centres in the coming year, with the vast majority of remaining respondents claiming they will expand in 2014.

The survey, commissioned by data centre services provider Digital Realty Trust and conducted by Campos Research and Analysis, spoke to 300 IT execs and concluded that this explosion in data centre usage was primarily down to the proliferation...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Security.

Fears of cloud insecurity “should not drive infrastructure decisions”

Alert Logic’s latest cloud security report has summarised that cloud security providers (CSPs) are “inherently no less secure than enterprise data centres”, and that cloud security threats continue to follow a consistent pattern.

In its State of Cloud Security Report, subtitled “Targeted Attacks and Opportunistic Hacks”, the network security provider observed over 45,000 security incidents and found that some things don’t change; Web application attacks are the biggest...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Is BYOD the cloud evangelist’s worst nightmare?

For three in four IT security professionals, bring your own device (BYOD) is one of the “greatest inhibitors to effective cloud security”.

That’s the result from a new report by AccelOps. Talking to 176 IT security personnel, the results put BYOD ahead of data control and data loss – traditional topics for cloud security worriers – as the main security threat.

Other cloud security pain points according to the research included enforcing security policies, compliance reporting and employee...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Security.

Vapour vs bricks: Why the cloud could be the safest place for your data

By Justin Fielder, Easynet Chief Technology Officer

If I was to suggest businesses move IT services to the cloud to improve security, there’s a strong possibility I would be laughed out of town. Despite businesses clearly seeing the benefits of migrating to the cloud, research shows that, for 61% of European CIOs, security is still the biggest concern when considering such a move.

For many network professionals, there is a clear comfort factor which derives from having a virtual boundary fence built...

By Easynet G.S., 21 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Security.

Who’s the number one cloud computing nation?

The BSA has put together a report which ranks the top 20 countries worldwide in terms of cloud readiness, and it may not be a surprise as to which nation is at the summit...

Japan is the highest ranked cloud computing nation worldwide, according to research published by BSA: Software Alliance.

In its 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, the Alliance aims to “provide a platform for discussion between policymakers and providers of cloud offerings, with a view toward developing an internationally...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Research, Security, Trends.

Soto: “Cloud does not absolve anyone from common sense IT”

CloudTech speaks with Juan Carlos Soto, Informatica senior vice president, cloud evangelist and member of the TechAmerica Foundation’s US Deployment of the Cloud, about iPaaS, SLAs and keeping secure in the cloud.

The difficulties around cloud security may be improving, but users don’t help themselves if they’re not street smart about their IT usage.

That’s according to Informatica senior vice president Juan Carlos Soto, who said that cloud computing shouldn’t “absolve...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, Security, SLA.

The death of the enterprise boundary and the evolution of edge security

Across the globe, organisations in all industries are facing the increasingly complex job to control the security and privacy of their data – wherever, however and whenever it is accessed. In one way or another, this has always been a challenge for enterprises.

However, as big data, cloud services, mobile tech and social networks converge in the enterprise space, organisations today are under greater pressure than ever before to keep up with the impact this is having on security.

Staying on top of changing...

By John Thielens, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Security.

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.