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1/7/2014
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Bankim Tejani
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How Cloud Security Drives Business Agility

Cloud computing represents a unique opportunity to re-think enterprise security and risk management.

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Ulf Mattsson
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1/7/2014 | 1:57:04 PM
New interesting data security method for Cloud data
I agree that "Looking at today's security problems, the landscape is littered with methods that are largely manual and disconnected".

I agree that "Business systems are launched and retired faster than security teams can identify, analyze, and track", but I think that data is more constant.

I agree that "Risks are implicitly accepted by business sponsors during design, development, and operation, but mitigated only when pressed by security and risk management", but I think that security should be built into the data values.

I agree that "Security policies are enforced primarily by manually executed audits and processes", but I think that they should instead be automated.

I agree that "Scaling today's information security and risk management problems to cloud velocity is untenable, but I found interesting new in a report from the Aberdeen Group that "saw a big advantage in performance" and also scalability over traditional security methods.

The report also revealed that "Over the last 12 months, tokenization users had 50% fewer security-related incidents(e.g., unauthorized access, data loss or data exposure than tokenization non-users". Nearly half of the respondents (47%) are currently using tokenization for something other than credit card data. The name of the study, released a few months ago, is "Tokenization Gets Traction". 

I think that the Aberdeen approach based on data tokenization is an interesting data security method for Cloud data.

Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/7/2014 | 1:35:16 PM
Continuous protection is a good idea
Bankim Tejani has come up with an excellent idea. Scanning cloud applications as they start or restart is continuous protection, instead of occasional, manual protection. If there's any suspicion of intrustion, shut it down and restart. And the central idea of automating the task is a core idea of cloud operations. With such a scanning procedure in place, the public clolud would become a more secure scene of operations than most enterprise data centers.
Stratustician
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1/7/2014 | 1:34:53 PM
Secure begins in VM infancy
A great article, with some really great advice on how to properly secure these environments.  Another point to perhaps bring up is to create a secure VM image that is used to create additional VMs.  This way you can almost guarantee the right security controls are in place as long as they exist in the master image.  This means spinning off new VMs are quicker, more secure and have the right policies in place right from the start.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/7/2014 | 1:07:34 PM
Re: Cloud security -- FedRAMP
Thanks for the heads up about FedRAMP, Wyatt. I notice they have a cloud best practices document with a section devoted to cloud security. To access the link, click here
WKash
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1/7/2014 | 11:31:40 AM
Cloud security
Any enterprise that wants a glimpse of what industrial strength cloud security controls look like should take a closer look at the FedRAMP protocols and controls establshed by the federal government and gaining wider adoption by leading cloud service providers.

Not familiar with FedRAMP? Read more at http://www.informationweek.com/security/risk-management/qanda-fedramp-director-discusses-cloud-security-innovation/d/d-id/1112142 or visit www.fedramp.gov.

 
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