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How to prepare for security in the cloud
In my recent blog post, we introduced the topic of cloud security and described tips to understanding a cloud environment. For this blog, I want to explain how a company can incorporate security into the cloud.
As more and more companies adopt the cloud service model and migrate their critical data to the cloud, security must rise to the forefront. If you neglect security in the beginning phases of adopting the cloud, then you are setting yourself up for failure.Enhance control layers for cloud security
First, let us describe some control layers that you... read more >
Linode DDoS Attack
2015 ended with a bang and 2016 appears to be starting distressed …at least as far as Linode is concerned. Linode, a cloud service provider, has been under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack since Christmas week. The attack has negatively impacted availability of all Linode’s global data centers and has brought the Atlanta data center under such a state of siege that operations were suspended for almost two days.
So, what are the lessons we might learn from this experience?
First, the need for business continuity planning is especially important as we leverage cloud service providers in fulfillment of our service delivery objectives. When the unthinkable happens (e.g., shutdown of a service provider’s hosting operation), will the impact to subscribers be such that business reputation will be impaired? The answer is most certainly a resounding “YES.” We must consider the ability of the service provider to reallocate... read more >
How does the cloud affect cyber security?
The cloud is growing without a doubt. International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that more than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will be involved in hybrid cloud technologies this year. More and more companies are utilizing various aspects of cloud computing to assist in their IT infrastructure, provide applications to their employees, and store important data. Since the cloud is growing so rapidly and showing no signs of slowing down, it is extremely important for organizations to consider how the security aspects of cloud computing can affect their business.
As with most areas of technology, cloud computing is outpacing security. A proactive approach to security for cloud resources, however, can mitigate future trouble and provide a safe and accessible resource for your company.
When dealing with the cloud environment there are some important factors to keep in mind. Explore... read more >
Stronger Passwords Are Less Vulnerable
Another day ending in “y”; another data breach.
It almost seems like this is becoming old news. Nearly every day, we are hearing about a new data breach, whether it's credit cards or passwords.
Early reports have stated that nearly five million Gmail passwords were leaked on a Russian Bitcoin site. It's reported that some were older passwords, and as few as 100,000 may still be valid, though that is little comfort if you are one of those 100,000.
More and more organizations are moving to the “CLOUD." It seems as though you can't read an article about IT or turn on the TV without seeing someting about the increasingly ubiquitous cloud. Of course, the cloud is more than just an IT buzzword, it's an increasingly important part of IT that requires organizations to consider the security implications of "moving to the cloud."
Moving to the cloud can benefit a lot of organizations. However, you need to know how to keep things secure while you migrate to such an environment. The term cloud is frequently thrown around in discussions; but in reality, a lot of IT professionals do not really know all the downsides of cloud migration, and security issues are often overlooked.
I keep reading and hearing statements like, “The cloud is so much easier to manage and makes your information more secure." These types of blanket statements are just not... read more >