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Three cloud computing risks to consider
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of June 2009
THE "CLOUD" is often used as a generic term for any type of Web-based application. It is most commonly used today to refer to the grid or utility computing model, where it replaces local hardware and storage input/output. Organizations are moving to the cloud, some faster than others. However, moving to the cloud presents the enterprise with a number of risks to assess. At the core of these risks is the inability of many cloud/Web 2.0 vendors to meet regulatory and legal requirements. Here are the top three risks: 1. Security: For many organizations, security of information is the most critical risk. This may be driven by a need to protect intellectual property, trade secrets, personally identifiable information, or other sensitive information. Making that sensitive information available on the Internet requires a significant investment in security controls and monitoring of access to the content and the pathways to the information. The logging and auditing controls provided by some vendors are not yet as robust as the logging ...
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