Welcome!

Cloud Expo Authors: Pat Romanski, Richard Moulds, Martin Etmajer, Roger Strukhoff, Liz McMillan

Blog Feed Post

Top Cloud Computing Security Issues and Solutions

cloud security threats cloud security risks cloud security issues  cloud security issues cloudave Top Cloud Computing Security Issues and SolutionsBusinesses large and small are realizing the benefits that come with cloud computing.  The scalability that allows you to easily grow (or shrink) your operation, the agility that enables you to make quick changes, the cost-effectiveness that can save you money: the cloud seems like a no-brainer.  However, with increased cloud adoption rates come increased cloud computing security issues.

According to eweek, “enterprise cloud adoption continues to grow at increasing speed and organizations recognize the productivity and cost savings that emanate from moving off an on-site legacy system to a distributed cloud environment.” The Could Security Alliance’s Notorious Nine lists top threats like abuse and nefarious use, insecure interfaces, malicious insiders, and others.

Some industry insiders weighed in on the top cloud computing security issues and their solutions.

1.       Water hole attacks

Neeraj Khandelwal of Barracuda explains “as organizations become better at fighting spam and phishing, water hole attacks are the latest tricks in the attackers’ toolkits that silently compromise all the users of these trusted web applications, via their web browsers.”

The water hole attack is a 3-step process.  First, the attacker does some reconnaissance and research on its target, in which they find trusted websites often visited by employees of the target company.  Second, attackers insert an exploit into the trusted sites.  Finally, when your employees visit the trusted site, the exploit takes advantage of their system vulnerabilities.

The solution?  Vulnerability shielding: update and patch all software regularly to limit possible access points.

2.       The government and other spies

Dave Meltzer, VP of Engineering for Tripwire and a cloud security innovator says, “If a government entity wants access to my data, at least they need to come to me and tell me they want it. Once that is moved to the cloud, all visibility to that is now lost – they go directly to the cloud provider and cut my organization out of that loop.”

To solve this, use the cloud wisely: reap its benefits, but do not let anyone (even your cloud provider) have access to your encryption keys. This is not only possible, it is a recommended best practice.  This way, even if the government requests (or otherwise gains access to) your cloud provider’s information, they still cannot get yours.

3.       Compliance with data privacy laws in multiple geographies.

Velocity Technology Solutions VPs Marcello Burgio and Jim McInnes, note “Technology – specifically the cloud – gives businesses the power to achieve a cloud that crosses borders; however, the reality is that in many cases the varied laws that must be complied with around the world can seemingly handcuff a business’s ability to take full advantage of the cloud’s innovative offering.”

The architecture of your cloud environment is key and you must understand the respective data storage regulations in the countries you operate in. In general, you must look for cloud security solutions that are compliant with regulations like HIPAA, PCI DSS, EU data protection laws, or whichever laws apply to you. In practice – encryption makes this a lot easier. Use a cloud encryption solution to show that your data never left home (at least not in a readable form). Most regulations, including the EU’s very restrictive regulations, accept that this is a good solution.

4.       Liability for Breaches

Kimberly Weber of FortyCloud, a company whose mission is to promote migration of enterprises to the public cloud, may have put it best “while you can transfer your apps and data to the cloud, you can’t transfer liability.”

Amazon Web Service’s own security center explains that the cloud provider has secured the underlying infrastructure and you, the client, must secure anything you put on the infrastructure.

What does this mean for a company who wants to migrate to the cloud, but is concerned about their liability?

It is easiest to think of it this way: while the cloud has many benefits, elimination of liability isn’t one of them.  Like you were responsible for the security of your data in the data center, you are also responsible in the virtual world.  This means you should usesplit-key encryption technologies to ensure that only you control your data.  Your cloud provider shares responsibility for the infrastructure, you are still responsible for your apps and data.

How easy or difficult is it?

Lots of good advice; how doable is it?

Find solutions that require no hardware: that is the best fit for cloud environments. Of course, the solutions must have top notch security built in. That requires innovation – the onus for that innovation should be on the security provider, not you. In short, a solution should give all the benefits and up in minutes too.

So, make sure you limit your vulnerabilities, do not let anyone have access to your encryption keys, comply with all required laws and regulations, use encryption to make your life easier, and understand that you share responsibility for liability.

The post Top Cloud Computing Security Issues and Solutions appeared first on Porticor Cloud Security.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Gilad Parann-Nissany

Gilad Parann-Nissany, Founder and CEO at Porticor is a pioneer of Cloud Computing. He has built SaaS Clouds for medium and small enterprises at SAP (CTO Small Business); contributing to several SAP products and reaching more than 8 million users. Recently he has created a consumer Cloud at G.ho.st - a cloud operating system that delighted hundreds of thousands of users while providing browser-based and mobile access to data, people and a variety of cloud-based applications. He is now CEO of Porticor, a leader in Virtual Privacy and Cloud Security.

Cloud Expo Breaking News
Cloud Computing is evolving into a Big Three of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Cloud 360: Multi-Cloud Bootcamp, being held Nov 4–5, 2014, in conjunction with 15th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA, delivers a real-world demonstration of how to deploy and configure a scalable and available web application on all three platforms. The Cloud 360 Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, an analyst with Gigaom Research, is the first bootcamp that introduces the core concepts of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based on the workings of the Big Three platforms – Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and Azure VMs. Bootcamp attendees will get to see the big picture and also receive the knowledge needed to make the best cloud decisions for their business applications and entire enterprise IT organization.
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
The Internet of Things is a natural complement to the cloud and related technologies such as Big Data, analytics, and mobility. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Joe Weinman will lay out four generic strategies – digital disciplines – to exploit emerging digital technologies for strategic advantage. Joe Weinman has held executive leadership positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Telx, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DevOps.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's “DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo,” which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. DevOps.com is where the world meets DevOps. It is the largest collection of original content relating to DevOps on the web today Featuring up-to-the-minute news, feature stories, blogs, bylined articles and more, DevOps.com is where the thought leaders of the DevOps movement make their ideas known.
There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high-level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics. SendGrid sends up to half a billion emails a day for customers such as Pinterest and GitHub. All this email adds up to more text than produced in the entire twitterverse. We track events like clicks, opens and deliveries to help improve deliverability for our customers – adding up to over 50 billion useful events every month. While SendGrid data covers only abo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the Web Host Industry Review has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Since 2000, The Web Host Industry Review has made a name for itself as the foremost authority of the Web hosting industry providing reliable, insightful and comprehensive news, reviews and resources to the hosting community. TheWHIR Blogs provides a community of expert industry perspectives. The Web Host Industry Review Magazine also offers a business-minded, issue-driven perspective of interest to executives and decision-makers. WHIR TV offers on demand web hosting video interviews and web hosting video features of the key persons and events of the web hosting industry. WHIR Events brings together like-minded hosting industry professionals and decision-makers in local communities. TheWHIR is an iNET Interactive property.
SYS-CON Events announced today that O'Reilly Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Verizon has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company's secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit verizonenterprise.com to learn more.
SYS-CON Events announced today that TMCnet has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is the world's leading business to business and integrated marketing media company, servicing niche markets within the communications and technology industries.
"In my session I spoke about enterprise cloud analytics and how we can leverage analytics as a service," explained Ajay Budhraja, CTO at the Department of Justice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 14th International Cloud Expo®, held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo® 2014 Silicon Valley, November 4–6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.
“We are starting to see people move beyond the commodity cloud and enterprises need to start focusing on additional value added services in order to really drive their adoption," explained Jason Mondanaro, Director of Product Management at MetraTech, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 14th International Cloud Expo®, held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo® 2014 Silicon Valley, November 4–6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.
"We are automated capacity control software, which basically looks at all the supply and demand and running a virtual cloud environment and does a deep analysis of that and says where should things go," explained Andrew Hillier, Co-founder & CTO of CiRBA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 14th International Cloud Expo®, held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo® 2014 Silicon Valley, November 4–6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM, will discuss bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover.
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at 15th Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chad Jones, Vice President, Product Strategy of LogMeIn's Xively IoT Platform, will show you how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
All too many discussions about DevOps conclude that the solution is an all-purpose player: developer and operations guru, complete with pager for round-the-clock duty. For most organizations that is not the way forward. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bernard Golden, Vice President of Strategy at ActiveState, will discuss how to achieve the agility and speed of end-to-end automation without requiring an organization stocked with Supermen and Superwomen.