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4/18/2011
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Dark Reading Launches Cloud Security Tech Center

New subsite will focus on news and analysis of security issues in public and private cloud environments

Today Dark Reading launches a new feature: the Cloud Security Tech Center, a subsite of Dark Reading devoted to bringing you more detailed news, insight, and in-depth reporting on security issues in cloud computing environments.

This is the ninth of our Dark Reading Tech Centers, which are designed to provide you with a more focused view of specific issues, threats, and technologies in the world of IT security. The Tech Centers offer in-depth reports and studies, breaking news, and links to additional articles and information not found on the main Dark Reading site. Just as a traditional newspaper offers in-depth sections or supplements on sports, entertainment, or politics, the Dark Reading Tech Centers provide an additional range of news and information for readers who have an interest in specific aspects of IT security.

While Dark Reading has been covering security in virtualized and shared computing applications even before the “cloud” concept became popular, we are excited to have a special place in which to explore the security issues involved in these emerging environments. With the introduction of the Cloud Security Tech Center, we will have the space and resources to study the various aspects of cloud computing and their implications for enterprise security.

The goal of the Cloud Security Tech Center is to help explain what “cloud security” really means, and to offer current, useful insights on the threats and solutions affecting these shared systems and applications.

With this charter in mind, you can expect the Cloud Security Tech Center to take a slightly different perspective than the rest of the Dark Reading site -- it will offer more tutorials and explanatory features designed to bring more clarity and specifics to “cloud” topics that often are overhyped and underexplained. Our hope is that we can cut through some of the misinformation and confusion that sometimes surrounds cloud security and provide some real, actionable news and analysis on the topic.

The goal of the Cloud Security Tech Center is to help you make informed decisions about the potential threats to cloud computing environments and the best defenses against them. In some cases, we'll discuss new exploits designed to take advantage of weaknesses in the virtualized environment. In other cases, we’ll discuss approaches to working with third-party service providers and methods you can use to ensure that unintended vulnerabilities aren’t introduced through the use of shared computing services.

Of course, the creation of the Cloud Security Tech Center doesn't mean that our coverage of cloud-related security topics on the main Dark Reading site will decrease. You'll continue to see news and analysis of breaches and threats in cloud services or internal environments, and strategies for securing the cloud will remain a topic of discussion for our bloggers and on our message boards. But when you click on those stories or blogs, you'll be brought here, to the Tech Center, so that you can see the full range and depth of analysis that we offer on the topic, and gain additional context to support what you're reading.

We think the Cloud Security Tech Center will help you understand the security challenges that your organization may face, and make good decisions about the tools and practices that might work best. But in the end, this is your site. Please let us know what you think of the Tech Center, our coverage of new threats, and what you'd like to see us cover in more depth. We can't guarantee we'll answer every query with a story or in-depth report, but we'll do our best to meet your needs for additional information and analysis.

If it has to do with securing the cloud, you'll find it here. And if you don't, let us know -- our goal is to be the most comprehensive source of cloud security news and information on the Web.

-- Tim Wilson, Editor, Dark Reading Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

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