Industry Insights

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Industry Insights
Going up? Safety first, then send your data to the cloud

Published: 03/28/2013

By: Joe Sturonas, CTO, PKWARE As the proliferation of data continues to plague businesses, the pressure is on for companies to migrate away from their physical data centers. Cloud computing is being adopted at a rapid rate because it addresses not only the costs for physical space, but also risi...

How to Harden Your APIs

Published: 03/26/2013

The market for APIs has experienced explosive growth in recent years, yet the major issues that providers still face are protection and hardening of the APIs that they expose to users. In particular, when you are exposing APIs from a cloud based platform, this becomes very difficult to achieve gi...

Three Critical Features That Define an Enterprise-Grade Cloud Service

Published: 03/22/2013

By David Baker, CSO at Okta   The line between enterprise and consumer is fading as employees work from all manner of devices to access the on-premises, cloud and even consumer applications needed to get work done. But it’s important to not confuse enterprise and consumer services from a securi...

The Shrinking Security Model: Micro-perimeters

Published: 03/20/2013

By Ed King, VP Product Marketing – Emerging Technologies, Axway (following acquisition of Vordel)   As Cloud and mobile computing make enterprise IT ever more extended, the traditional security model of keeping the bad guys out and allowing only the good guys in no longer works well.  While the...

Upcoming Cloud Security Training in EMEA - sign up today!

Published: 03/14/2013

Securosis has recently updated the CCSK training curriculum to be in alignment with the Cloud Security Alliance Guidance V3.0, and the training class is much improved. Many of the hands-on exercises have been overhauled, and if you are looking to get familiar with cloud security you will want to ...

The Dark Side of Big Data: CSA Opens Peer Review Period for the “Top Ten Big Data and Privacy Challenges” Report

Published: 02/25/2013

Big Data seems to be on the lips of every organization’s CXO these days. By exploiting Big Data, enterprises are able to gain valuable new insights into customer behavior via advanced analytics. However, what often gets lost amidst all the excitement are the very real and many security and privac...

CSA Releases CCM v 3.0

Published: 02/25/2013

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today has released a draft of the latest version of the Cloud Control Matrix, CCM v3.0. This latest revision to the industry standard for cloud computing security controls realigns the CCM control domains to achieve tighter integration with the CSA’s “Security Gu...

CSA Drafts New SOC Position Paper

Published: 02/25/2013

Phil Agcaoili, Founding Member, Cloud Security Alliance David Barton, Principal, UHY Advisors   In June 2011, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) eliminated SAS 70 which had been a commonly used reporting standard within the information technology industry for provid...

When Good Is Not Good Enough: NIST Raises the Bar for Cloud Data Protection Vendors

Published: 02/21/2013

Earlier this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a publication titled Cloud Computing Synopsis & Recommendations (Special Publication 800-146) describing in detail the current cloud computing environment, explaining the economic opportunities and risks ass...

Critical Infrastructure and the Cloud

Published: 02/01/2013

Cloud computing continues to be a hot topic. But so what if people are talking about it, who is actually adopting it? One of the questions I have been asking myself is, ‘Will cloud be adopted for critical infrastructure? And what is the security perspective on this? Naturally a blog to answer th...

Towards a “Permanent Certified Cloud”: Monitoring Compliance in the Cloud with CTP 3.0

Published: 01/29/2013

Cloud services can be monitored for system performance but can they also be monitored for compliance? That’s one of the main questions that the Cloud Trust Protocol aims to address in 2013. Compliance and transparency go hand in hand. The Cloud Trust Protocol (CTP) is designed to allow cloud cu...

Assurance for Tomorrow’s Cloud

Published: 11/27/2012

Cloud computing, and Big Data are natural bedfellows.  Add to that mix, Critical infrastructure, and consumers and all of a sudden the need for greater assurance only increases.  We will soon witness convergence of these technological advancements on a monumental scale, with previously disconnect...

The Battle of the Titans: What it all means for IT managers caught in the middle

Published: 10/31/2012

Adapt, accept and manage: a BYOD mantra for corporate IT RIM and Apple: two firms with more contrasting current fortunes you could not wish to imagine. The once high-flying Canadian BlackBerry-maker, for so long the darling of IT managers and beloved of time-starved execs the world over, has l...

The High Costs of Securing Identities: How to Fix the Problem Using the Cloud

Published: 10/26/2012

Authored by: Dan Dagnall, Chief Technology Strategist at Fischer International Identity   Identity Management is well down the path of a mature market space.  But I believe there is still one final, fundamental disconnect which is driving up your cost of deploying and maintaining an identity ...

Context + Analytics = Good Security

Published: 10/17/2012

Data [dey-tuh] noun: individual facts or statistics   Information [in-fer-mey-shuhn] noun: knowledge concerning a particular fact or circumstance   When does data become consumable information? When we correctly manage security, we integrate security devices into our infrastructure in a manne...

Red Hat Joins the Cloud Security Alliance

Published: 10/17/2012

By: Cloud Computing Team That user concerns about security and related matters are part and parcel of how and when cloud computing—whether on-premise, in public clouds or a hybrid—gets adopted isn't news. Even if the risks are sometimes more about perception than reality, the fact remains that s...

Removing Cloud Barriers in Europe

Published: 10/10/2012

No one is immune to the ever-changing technology forecast, but one constant (at least for the near future) appears to be global cloud cover. Cloud computing is arguably the most dominant theme  on every enterprise’s IT list, but in Europe, it’s being met with some key challenges.  The European Co...

Assessing Your IT Environment and Evaluating Cloud

Published: 10/09/2012

by John Howie, COO, CSA In many conversations with IT leaders today  we discovered a common problem: they need a simple way to understand systems, processes, current policies and procedures and be able to evaluate  how  the cloud may help them realize lower IT security costs, improve best practi...

Riding the Consumerization Wave

Published: 10/07/2012

Rather than resist it, organizations should embrace Consumerization to unlock its business potential. This requires a strategic approach, flexible policies and appropriate security and management tools. The Consumerization of IT is the single most influential technology trend of this decade. Com...

The Impact of Computing Power on Cryptography

Published: 09/21/2012

Advanced technology is a beautiful thing. Not only has it enabled the creation of new, more efficient methods of application delivery and data storage (the Cloud is a prime example), but it’s also helped propel the development of more sophisticated solutions for data protection as well (think tok...

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