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Contextual Activities and Your Cloud Security Service
Published: 02/05/2014

In this best practices video, Jamie Barnett reviews details of the latest Netskope Cloud Report regarding the most commonly used activities in cloud apps. Jamie discusses why understanding activity context is important when considering a cloud security service. For this reason, the movie line for...

Almost 400 Cloud Apps in Every Enterprise
Published: 01/28/2014

By Krishna Narayanaswamy, Chief Scientist at Netskope On average, there are 397 cloud apps running in enterprises today. This is one of the findings in the second quarterly Netskope Cloud Report, an account of trends on cloud app adoption and usage. What makes this number interesting is th...

6 Prerequisites to Guide a Cloud App Policy Your Employees (and IT Department!) Will Love
Published: 01/23/2014

By Sanjay Beri, Founder and CEO, NetskopeIn today’s cloud-dominated business world, it is difficult for IT departments to get a hold of exactly where their data lies and who has access to it. Enterprise security is and will continue to be a big concern because of this, but a “zero trust” policy ...

Five Distinguished Security Experts to Keynote SecureCloud 2014
Published: 01/22/2014

SecureCloud 2014 is just around the corner and the CSA is pleased to announce the keynote speaker lineup for this must-attend event, which is taking place in Amsterdam on April 1-2.This year’s event will feature keynote addresses from the following five security experts on a wide range of cloud s...

What Is a Trusted Threat?
Published: 01/15/2014

Last month I co-presented a webinar with ISIGHT Partners, a leader in cyber-threat intelligence, to discuss a white paper that exposes how keys and certificates can be used for nefarious intentions. Our purpose was to highlight some of the tactics malicious actors use and outline their profiles i...

Health Checking for Cloud Performance
Published: 01/15/2014

Steve Malmskog has more than 15 years of experience as a chief network architect. In this best practices video, Steve provides an in depth look at information you can gather about the health of nodes based on the traffic itself through in-band health checking vs. out-of-band checking which can be...

Why companies are adopting more cloud based IT security solutions
Published: 01/09/2014

We have entered the age of pervasive connectivity.  Regardless of whether we are at home, in the office, or on the road, most of us are almost always connected. This trend is blurring the lines between work time and leisure time, with the same devices used for both contexts interchangeably. To ...

Why Higher Education Institutions NeedCloud-Based Identity Providers
Published: 01/09/2014

By Dan Dagnall, Chief Technology Strategist for Fischer International IdentityFederation is definitely a hot topic these days, with NSTIC attempting to create an identity ecosystem, InCommon continuing to build its service-providerfederation, and state-level initiatives gearing up (some are alrea...

Evolution of Distributed Policy Enforcement in the Cloud
Published: 12/10/2013

By Krishna Narayanaswamy, chief scientist at NetskopeAs computing shifts to the cloud, so too must the way we enforce policy.Until recently, enterprise applications were hosted in private data centers under the strict control of centralized IT. Between firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, ...

What’s New With the Security as a Service Working Group?
Published: 12/09/2013

CSA members are invited to join the Security-as-a-Service Working Group (SecaaS WG) which aims to promote greater clarity in the Security as a Service model. Why a Security as a Service Working Group? Numerous security vendors are now leveraging cloud based models to deliver security solutions....

CloudTrust Protocol (CTP) Working Group Kicks Off at CSA Congress
Published: 12/06/2013

The Cloud Trust Protocol (CTP) aims to provide a protocol to enable Cloud Users to query Cloud Providers in real time about the security level of their service. It aims to foster transparency and trust in the cloud supply chain, bringing greater visibility to cloud users and providing them with d...

Introducing the CSA Financial Services Working Group
Published: 12/04/2013

At our annual CSA Congress today, the CSA is pleased to introduce the new Financial Services Working Group (FSWG), which aims to provide knowledge and guidance on how to deliver and manage secure cloud solutions in the financial industry, and to foster cloud awareness within the sector and relate...

Introducing the CSA’s Anti-Bot Working Group
Published: 12/04/2013

Among the many exciting new working groups being established and meeting at CSA Congress, today we’d like to also introduce our Anti-Bot Working Group. Chaired by Shelbi Rombout from USBank, this group’s mission is to develop and maintain a research portfolio providing capabilities to assist the ...

Introducing the CSA’s New Virtualization Working Group
Published: 12/03/2013

There’s been a lot of noise around the establishment of new working groups at this year’s Congress and today we’d like to also introduce another important addition: the Virtualization Working Group. Chaired by Kapil Raina of Zscaler, the Virtualization Working Group is chartered to lead research ...

Announcing the Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ) V.3 Open Review Period
Published: 12/03/2013

At CSA Congress 2013 this week we are announcing the open review period of the Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ) v.3 and we hope you will take a few moments and provide your input to this very important initiative. Lack of security control transparency is a leading inhibitor ...

How Snowden Breached the NSA
Published: 11/20/2013

NOVEMBER 12TH, 2013 - BY: KEVIN BOCEK How Edward Snowden did it and is your enterprise next? There’s one secret that’s still lurking at the NSA: How did Edward Snowden breach the world’s most sophisticated IT security organization? This secret has as much to do with the NSA as it does with your...

Seeing Through the Clouds
Published: 11/20/2013

By TK Keanini, CTO, LancopeThe economics of cyber-attacks have changed over the years. Fifteen years ago, it was all about network penetration, but today advanced attackers are more concerned about being detected. Similarly, good bank robbers are concerned about breaking into the bank, but great ...

Cloud Collaboration: Maintaining Zero Knowledge across International Boundaries
Published: 11/20/2013

The increasingly global nature of business requires companies to collaborate more and more across borders, exchanging all manner of documents: contracts, engineering documents and other intellectual property, customer lists, marketing programs and materials, and so on. Unfortunately, the combinat...

Protecting Your Company from Backdoor Attacks – What You Need to Know
Published: 11/20/2013

November 14th, 2013By Sekhar Sarukkai “We often get in quicker by the back door than the front” — Napoleon Bonaparte A rare example of a backdoor planted in a core industry security standard has recently come to light. It is now widely believed that the NSA compromised trust in NIST’s encr...

Thoughts and key takeaway: Cloud Security Alliance CEE summit
Published: 11/18/2013

The Cloud Security Alliance Central Eastern Europe Summit gave a good opportunity to learn about the Cloud Computing market in areas of Europe that are less reviewed. The congress, held in the center of the old city of Ljubljana, provided interesting mixture of Information Security professionals ...

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