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March 2009

How to Secure Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is attractive, seductive and perhaps irresistible. The benefits are compelling, particularly the pay-as-you-go model that has been likened to buying electricity (or, if you, prefer, buying your drinks by the glass rather than the bottle). There's a powerful business case for buying computational power, disk storage, collaboration, application development resources, CRM, on demand. Rather than buying more servers and disks or expanding or deploying expensive infrastructure and programs, cloud computing is flexible and scalable. It can meet short-term initiatives and requirements and deal with peaks and valleys in business cycles. But where does security fit into all this? Security analysts and practitioners generally say proceed, but proceed with caution. All the risks to sensitive corporate data associated with outsourcing apply to cloud computing, and then some. Enforcing security policy and meeting compliance requirements are tough enough when you deal with third parties and their known or unknown ...

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