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News roundup for May 28 2010

Published: 05/28/2010

Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private - http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing/blog/archives/2010/05/financial_servi.html Novell Identity Manager extended to cloud - http://www.computerworlduk.com/technology/applications/software-service/news/index.cfm?newsid=20357 Am...

Software evaluation 2.0 ?

Published: 05/27/2010

I spend a lot of time evaluating software; for product reviews, to see which versions are vulnerable to various exploits and sometimes just to see if I should be using it. Most often this looks something like: find the software, download it, find the install and configuration documents, walk thro...

Counterfeit gear in the cloud

Published: 05/26/2010

One of the best and worst things about outsourced cloud computing (as opposed to in house efforts) is the ability to spend more time on what is important to you, and leave things like networking infrastructure, hardware support and maintenance and so on to the provider. The thing I remember most ...

Amazon AWS - 11 9's of reliability?

Published: 05/24/2010

Amazon recently added a new redundancy service to their S3 data storage service. Amazon now claims that data stored in the "durable storage" class is 99.999999999% "durable" (not to be confused with availability - more on this later). "If you store 10,000 objects with us, on average we may lose ...

3 Problems Cloud Security Certification Can Solve

Published: 05/17/2010

By Jim Reavis What if there were widely accepted standards for cloud security and, better yet, a universally recognized designation for “trusted” cloud providers? The basic promise of cloud computing is undeniably appealing: Increase efficiency and reduce cost by taking advantage of flexibly po...

Season’s Greetings from the CSA!

Published: 05/17/2010

By Zenobia Godschalk 2009 has been a busy year for the CSA, and 2010 promises to be even more fruitful. The alliance is now 23 corporate members strong, and is affiliated with numerous leading industry groups (such as ISACA, OWASP and the Jericho Forum) to help advance the goal of cloud security...

Your Chance to Influence Cloud Security Research!

Published: 05/17/2010

By Zenobia Godschalk The Cloud Security Alliance needs your help! We are conducting a survey to help us better understand users current cloud deployment plans and biggest areas of security and compliance concern. The feedback generated here will assist the CSA in shaping our educational curricul...

Cloud Security and Privacy book by CSA founding members

Published: 05/17/2010

By Jim Reavis I wanted to let everyone know about the new book release, Cloud Security and Privacy: An Enterprise Perspective on Risks and Compliance. This book was written by three experts, two of whom are CSA founding members. I had the opportunity to read the book prior to its publication and...

Seemingly basic power problems in state-of-the-art data centers

Published: 05/17/2010

By Wing Ko I came across this "Stress tests rain on Amazon's cloud" article from the itnews for Australian Business about a week ago. A team of researchers in Australia spent 7 months stress tested Amazon's EC2, Google's AppEngine and Microsoft's Azure cloud computing services, and found that th...

CSA Federal Cloud Security Symposium Hosted by MITRE (McLean, VA)

Published: 05/17/2010

By Dov Yoran On August 5th, 2009, Cloud Security Alliance Federal Cloud Security Symposium was hosted by MITRE Corporation. This full day venue provided government personnel with access to leading commercial cloud security experts. Throughout the day perspectives on cloud computing, its benefits...

Will Silicon Valley Run Out of Data Center Space?

Published: 05/17/2010

By Wing Ko This slashdot posting caught my eyes last night - http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/08/12/2227215/Will-Silicon-Valley-Run-Out-of-Data-Center-Space. Judging from the thread, apparently it caught the eyes of quite a few people too. With all the exciting news and press releases duri...

Is your Cloud Provider making money?

Published: 05/17/2010

By Jim Reavis At a recent Cloud Security Alliance event, George Reese moderated a panel about Public/Private cloud interoperability and application portability. It was a great discussion, and I hope to be able to publish the proceedings soon. One of the common points that comes up when discussi...

Welcome to the CSA Blog

Published: 05/17/2010

By Jim Reavis Welcome to the Cloud Security Alliance blog. We have initiated this service to allow for more rapid communications between our expert volunteers and the larger community interested in cloud security. We plan to use this venue to comment on the important issues of the day related to...

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