What Are the Security Risks of the Cloud?
In a May 6 session at the Interop conference in Las Vegas, Andy Ellis, chief security officer of Akamai, delivered a talk about security in the cloud. There are a lot of misconceptions about cloud security in Ellis' view, and there are also a number of opportunities.
In a video interview, Ellis details what his session was all about and where there are challenges for cloud security. While some have argued that the multitenancy of the cloud is a security risk, Ellis sees other items such as high availability, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and security key management as items that should be top of mind for enterprises considering the cloud.
"When we think about attacks against the enterprise historically, we think about this long kill chain for the adversary," he said.
That kill chain includes analyzing the specific attack surface for a given system and then building exploits. Moving to the cloud, attackers have taken a bit of a different approach.
VIDEO: Andy Ellis, chief security officer at Akamai, details some of the challenges and opportunities for security in the cloud.
"It's take over an account and do bad stuff to you," Ellis said.