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10 Amazing Points on Cloud Security


10 Amazing Points on Cloud Security


Cloud SecurityAs companies gain experience from early their cloud adoption, and as business goals change, cloud drivers have started to shift from cost to value. 

Security in the cloud continues to remain a global challenge, particularly as more and more critical functions are migrated. So what can be done? 

Here are 10 points of view from experts at Forrster, Gartner, Ovum, ComputerWorld and more sharing their outlook for how IT should address security in the cloud for the the enterprise.

1. Challenge cloud providers to go beyond isolated multitenant architectures.

While data security and privacy remains an important topic for cloud services, new security concepts will allow companies to better communicate and collaborate with each other across isolated tenants

By Holger Kisker, Ph.D., Principle Analyst, Forrester 
The Changing Cloud Agenda 

2. Ever-vigilant about security-relevant events.

Another inherently "annoying" feature of security monitoring is that somebody must actually do it. Yes, the dreaded "who will do the monitoring on a day to day basis?" question, who would be the "the human in the loop", who will be ever-vigilant about security-relevant events

By Anton Chuvakin, Research Director, Gartner 
Cloud Security Monitoring: The "Who" Question 

3. Understand risks of cloud computing.

Companies that don't understand the risks just shouldn't use cloud computing. The potential for a security breach or a compliance violation can be high. 

By Aaron Ricadela, Businessweek
Cloud Security Is Looking Overcast 

4. A leap of faith into the cloud.

By entrusting cloud vendors with support and maintenance of core, too-important-to-fail business applications, from identity management to HR, CIOs are taking a leap of faith that their cloud vendors are capable of providing a secure, highly available and transparent service. 

By Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta, Contributor to Forbes 
The Four Pillars Of A Great Cloud Security Strategy 

5. Security remains a challenge in the cloud.

While cloud computing is deemed to improve business processes and increase company competitiveness, security in the cloud continues to remain a global challenge, particularly as more and more critical functions are migrated. 

By Pallavi Anand, ComputerWorld 
Addressing security in a cloud-enabled organization

6. Configuration Management for ensuring cloud security.

All servers must comply with our configuration management policies regarding things like patch management, antivirus protection, the disabling of unnecessary services and central management. 

By Mathias Thurman, ComputerWorld
Security Manager's Journal: Security concerns for a data center in the cloud 

7. Maintain security in both virtual and physical environments.

Cloud platforms need to be secure just as operating systems are secured, avoiding malicious code from taking over other execution sessions or stealing data, and so on. In the infrastructure layer, security is both about maintaining a secure virtualization environment and about physical security.

By Thoran Rodrigues, TechRepublic 
Cloud security: Technology, processes, responsibility 

8. Understand security requirements.

The issues really are the security requirements for large businesses -- compliance and regulatory issues -- that [are moving] at a pace with advances in cloud. And we need to have this brokered agreement and communication between providers and customers to assure we understand the security requirements and can communicate what we are fulfilling them. 

By Michelle Boisvert, Senior Site Editor, SearchCloudComputing
Real and perceived security threats of cloud computing

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