With ever-changing cloud compliance guidelines, headlines in the media about cloud privacy issues in the wake of PRISM and a growing crop of new vendor services, enterprise cloud security can be a difficult beast to wrangle. And enterprises see it that way, too, as data security issues continue to halt cloud adoption for loads of companies. However, with the assistance of cloud experts, enterprises, especially heavily regulated ones, can sift through all the noise and better secure their cloud environments.
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Cloud computing security still halts enterprise adoption
Despite cloud's increasing prevalence in IT departments, many enterprises are still concerned with data security. The fear isn't limited to smaller or lesser-known cloud providers; enterprises are even concerned about Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has reigned supreme in the cloud market since its inception. And with recent events such as the NSA's PRISM scandal, enterprise cloud security worries may have taken a turn for the worse. Some experts, however, claim that these events only enhance cloud security, as vendors are aiming to give the customers what they want.
Data security remains a primary reason many enterprises have yet to consider public cloud adoption. Continue Reading
Public cloud fears are alive and well in heavily regulated industries. Amazon has some work to do to broaden AWS' appeal in these shops. Continue Reading
Amazon CloudTrail delivers an important security capability, but AWS shops want more as cloud security remains a high priority for enterprises. Continue Reading
Cloud-based security services are predicted to grow to 10% of the enterprise IT security product market by 2015, according to a recent Gartner research report. Continue Reading
IT gives up some control through a public cloud, but that doesn't mean cloud data security must be the sacrifice. And the impetus relies on the organization -- not the vendor. Continue Reading
Insurance companies have long offered IT coverage on privacy breaches and lost downtime. But, now, the cloud has its own set of risks, and cloud insurance policies are growing. Continue Reading
Because necessity is the mother of invention, the NSA scandal accelerated the market for cloud privacy. In this updated market, data may be safer than ever in the cloud. Continue Reading
The U.S. cloud services market may take a hit from PRISM's cloud governance issues, but will it take down Amazon Web Services? Continue Reading
A study by Alert Logic claims that cloud security issues are no worse than those in traditional enterprise data centers. Continue Reading
Cloud computing insider threats may seem unlikely, but experts claim you should think again. There are scenarios and key questions for providers that will reduce the risk. Continue Reading
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Best practices, tools for securing your cloud environment
With private, public and hybrid clouds, plus bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and open source cloud, enterprise cloud security can be difficult for enterprises to attain even while following security best practices. In addition cloud vendors are increasingly adding tools and services, such as Security or Authentication as a Service, to assist enterprises with protecting their clouds. But some of the options only add to the confusion. These tips and features from cloud experts should help enterprises wade through their options.
While enterprises increasingly look to manage their own cloud security, IaaS providers are offering more self-managed private cloud options. Continue Reading
Even as some organizations balk at using cloud for security reasons, others find cloud-based Security as a Service beneficial. Continue Reading
Would you use one cloud to secure another? Some IT shops use Security as a Service to protect Infrastructure as a Service. Continue Reading
When moving to the cloud, enterprises must accept a certain amount of risk. Cloud data security cannot be viewed in a vacuum, but rather as a form of risk management. Continue Reading
Edward Snowden's case heightened the paranoia companies have with placing their data in the cloud, particularly across international borders. Continue Reading
As mistrust in the cloud lingers, MIT researchers look into Oblivious RAM for the future of cloud data security and privacy. Continue Reading
The CSA STAR certification program aims to simplify the process of assessing cloud service providers. Continue Reading
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Aligning with compliance, security standards in the cloud
Enterprises, particularly heavily regulated ones, must align with cloud compliance guidelines. The financial, healthcare and government industries have to pay careful attention to changing blueprints for their IT environments, and sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the responsibility lies with the cloud provider or the enterprise. Cloud experts can help sort through the guidelines and give discreet steps on how to comply.
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council released its PCI DSS cloud guidance, but experts are split on whether the report advances cloud computing security. Continue Reading
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council's guidance for cloud computing won't discourage cloud adoption, proponents say. Continue Reading
Enterprise IT should make every effort to meet cloud computing regulations, but providers also need to pony up with valid cloud security certifications. Continue Reading
There are limitations of the FedRAMP cloud security standard when using it to assess cloud security, warns the CEO of a FedRAMP 3PAO. Continue Reading
As the number of cloud computing security certifications grows, including both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific, the guidelines can become confusing. Continue Reading
The economic case for cloud deployment is compelling for many enterprises. But the risks surrounding e-discovery in the cloud need to be addressed. Continue Reading
More companies are turning to cloud computing providers, heightening the importance of cloud compliance and adhering to cloud computing legal issues. Continue Reading