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How to Secure Cloud Computing
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of March 2009
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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Features in this issue
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On-demand computing services can save large enterprises and small businesses a lot of money, but security and regulatory compliance become difficult.
PCI DSS is requiring companies to buy Web application firewalls. We'll show how you how to pick the WAF that's right for you, and how to use it so your company is compliant -- and more secure.
How much information is too much information, and how will you monitor and manage the use of Web 2.0 inside your organization?
The Jericho Forum is expected to release a framework of security considerations for organizations moving business to the cloud.
Columns in this issue
The Obama Administration is conducting a review of the government's cybersecurity policies and process. We should be encouraged that security could move beyond the useless paper exercise it is today
As enterprises outsource more services and share data, they must be vigilant about the security of third parties.
Effective data classification in the enterprise requires a simple approach.