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Cloud computing technology: Don't get left behind
This article is part of the December 2010 issue of Information Security magazine
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that cloud computing is all the rage these days. Cash-strapped businesses are eagerly looking to move IT operations and applications to the cloud in order to cut costs. For enterprise security managers, this trend is nerve-wracking to say the least. Already battered by constantly evolving Internet threats and compliance demands, the last thing you want to do is lose control of your corporate data to a cloud service provider. But you better figure out a way to deal with this cloud phenomenon. As several industry experts pointed out at the Cloud Security Alliance Congress in November, cloud computing is a trend that's here to stay. More than one speaker at the conference described cloud computing as a train ride and security professionals should make sure they aren't left behind. Symantec Chairman John Thompson drew a particularly colorful analogy, comparing cloud computing to Mother Nature, against which it's futile for IT professionals to fight. He and other speakers urged ...
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