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Security Compliance in a Cloud

April 19, 2010 Added by:Mark Gardner

For this inaugural post I have decided to tackle, what I perceive to be one of the biggest conundrums within the growth area of Cloud Computing, Security Compliance. I use the term conundrum, not that I believe for one second that Cloud Computing does not need Security and some form of compliance, far from it, but that suddenly these seem to have become show stopping issues for the uptake...

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Privacy and Cloud Computing Challenges

April 16, 2010 Added by:Rebecca Herold

The concept of “cloud computing” is not well known by most folks. Certainly not the personnel using a vast and growing number of cloud computing applications, without even know it, from business networks. If they don’t know what they are using, then how can they know the information security and privacy risks involved?

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Is Security a Curse for the Cloud Computing Industry?

March 25, 2010 Added by:Richard Stiennon

In 1975 my father, a doctor, was approached by some entrepreneurs. They had a brilliant idea. They were going to purchase a mainframe computer and sell computing on a timeshare basis to anyone who wanted to connect to it.  Charges would be based on compute cycles and applications would be provided pre-loaded.  Sound familiar?  That was cloud computing.   Today’s clou...

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Afraid of the Cloud..? You just need to ask the right questions…

February 12, 2010 from: Greg George

I’ve been receiving more and more inquiries from my social media circles and from clients regarding various security risks associated with using Software as a Service (SaaS): the Cloud, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the current status of things.

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Cloud computing: A Maneuvered Phrase !

February 11, 2010 Added by:K S Abhiraj

Cloud computing has become a huge ‘buzz-phrase’ in last few years, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing what the term actually means indeed. Different people interpret “cloud computing” in different ways. That’s the dilemma because computing “in the cloud” may be important for you and your organization, but if it’s not clear what it actually m...

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Seven Technical Security Myths of the Cloud

January 11, 2010 from: AEON Security Blog

CloudSecurity.org [1] staff wrote a document called “Assessing the Security Benefits of Cloud Computing” [2] and within the article they listed the “Seven Technical Security Benefits of the Cloud.” The article was well written and intentioned however, I decided to place a realistic view on the CloudSecurity’s content and in turn I present the “Seven Technical Se...

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All Your Clouds Are Belong to… Not You

January 08, 2010 from: AEON Security Blog

After reading ENISA’s “Benefits, risks and recommendations for information security” [1], I am convinced even more so now than I ever was before, against the cloud. For those unaware of the acronym, ENISA stands for European Network and Information Security Agency. It can be viewed as Europe’s version of the USA’s NIST. Their document is 125 pages, with 71 pages encom...

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Pssst… For A Cup of Coffee, I’ll Say Your Cloud Is Secure

January 05, 2010 from: AEON Security Blog

In an article entitled “Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman” [1] the context couldn’t have been worded better:“It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign” … “Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely...

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Cloud Security: Want Some Fake Fries With That Vapor Shake?

December 30, 2009 from: AEON Security Blog

Recently I stumbled upon the Cloud Security Alliance’s “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V2.1” [1] and took a quick step back at this statement: Cloud computing is about gracefully losing control while maintaining accountability even if the operational responsibility falls upon one or more third parties. In being fair and logical about my interpret...

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Cloud Security Evangelists May Have Heads Stuck In Clouds

December 17, 2009 from: AEON Security Blog

Cloud Computing evangelists would have you believe that security in the cloud is relevant when reality paints a far different picture. Security managers should know that; “you can transfer risk but never responsibility.” Now add this statement to memory: “No cloud provider will give you the security you need.” Seriously.

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Virtualization : the maneuver tactic !

December 17, 2009 Added by:K S Abhiraj

The lure of virtualization is clear. From the business perspective, it means faster time-to-market for new technology enabled services and a strong foundation for new strategic initiatives, such as cloud computing. For technology organizations, virtualization promises faster server provisioning, increased hardware utilization, and lower costs for disaster recovery (DR).

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Cloud Based Wireless Cracking Services

December 15, 2009 from: AEON Security Blog

Security researchers are leveraging cloud computing to crack WPA wireless passwords at a cost and we’re wondering what other nefarious deeds are being done via cloud computing that we’ve never heard about. To be fair about this, for starters if you take notice of PC World’s title for the article, “New Cloud-based Service Steals Wi-Fi Passwords” it’s completely w...

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Shodan scares me

December 04, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

One of the problems of being white-hat hacker is that we scare ourselves. Such is the case of the "Shodan" engine that was released last month. It's a simple idea, one that has been discussed before. It simply scans the Internet for likely web server ports and indexes the HTTP headers that come back. Now that somebody has actually done it, and we can play wi...

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Sidekick Users' Data Lost: Blame the Cloud?

October 14, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Users of Sidekick mobile phones saw much of their data disappear last week due to engineering problems at a Microsoft data center. Sidekick devices lose the contents of their memory when they don't have power (e.g. when the battery is being changed), so all data is transmitted to a data center for permanent storage -- which turned out not to be so permanent.

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Microsoft's Danger SideKick and cloud computing

October 13, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Microsoft has demonstrated that the dark side of cloud computing has nosilver linings. After a major server outage occurred on its watch lastweekend, users dependent on the company have just been informed that theirpersonal data and photos "has almost certainly been lost."

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Squinting at Cloud Formations

October 12, 2009 Added by:Sudha Nagaraj

The problem with the cloud is that it can evaporate leaving no trace behind! The weekend thunderbolt that hit over a million subscribers of T-Mobile Sidekick, operated by the Microsoft subsidiary, Danger Inc in the US, is standing testimony to the whimsical nature of cloud computing.

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