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7 Ways Cloud Alters The Security Equation

Would-be and existing customers must understand that security isn't set-and-forget just because it resides in the cloud.
Security in the Eye of the Beholder
Time for an Audit
What's Your Encryption Policy?
Not All Data's Created Equal
Into the Abyss
Applying Application Security
Cloud and Compliance
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By now, the pitch for cloud-based services is familiar to anyone in IT: They're cheaper, more efficient, and will free up in-house infosec professionals for more value-added tasks (yes, everyone's really going to miss reviewing log management data). 

The promises of highly automated functionality and trouble-free operations may be slightly overstated, at least where cloud-based security is concerned. But most infosec professionals are already masters of due diligence, and cloud is like any other external service provider: seasoned security pros know to ask a lot of questions, perform their own testing and audits, and get customer references for the real skinny on how cloud-based security goes.

Smart, reputable cloud service providers will encourage/require customers to undertake many of these steps we outline here, and then some. But it should be noted any time a provider balks at being transparent or at providing greater levels of access and discovery. The partnership nature of cloud is inherent when it's essentially an outsourced service; for something as strategic as security, customers are going to want lots of disclosure and trust upfront.

Whether you're entertaining cloud security or are already a customer, here are some basic ways that these third-party services change the ways infosec professionals have traditionally conducted themselves. The list is by no means exhaustive. And if we've missed something egregious, leave us a note in the comments section below! Let's make this a multi-party dialog.

 
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