Cloud Computing: Cloud Computing Security: 10 Ways to Enforce It

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chances are that your organization already has adopted some form of cloud IT. It could be in the form of an internal private cloud, a hosted email package or miscellaneous outside services (such as Salesforce.com). The cloud is here to stay, and the fear and uncertainty associated with any new technology is distracting organizations from securely adopting this IT resource. It's not hard to imagine how a newer technology could introduce more security woes; after all, we are constantly seeing news about the latest breaches across the media. However, if we look closely at recent events, the attacks and breaches which build such fear in our minds are often the result of a lack of focus on security fundamentals, not necessarily sophisticated attacks. This is not to say that such attacks can't occur, but the reality is that attackers often focus on the easiest attack route and not the hardest to implement. A criminal will almost always enter a house when no one is home and the door is left open before breaking into a home with the door locked and lights on. When moving IT to the cloud, organizations need to consider basic security practices analogous to locking the door on their homes. In this slide show is a common-sense set of 10 tips for this purpose, provided by Harold Moss, CTO of Cloud Security Strategy at IBM.
 
 
 

Identify the Foundational Controls

Foundational controls are core to an organization's security philosophy. They represent maybe 60 security controls (or less), which protect the assets your organization values most. Focusing on them will ensure that as your business embraces cloud technologies, your approach is consistent with the security controls.
Identify the Foundational Controls
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 

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