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In a Feb 2014 survey, 94 percent of organizations surveyed reported running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.[1] According to research firm Nasumi, there is over one exabyte currently stored in the cloud. An exabyte is over a billion GB.[2] Considering the amount of data in the cloud and the growing rate of adoption for sensitive use cases, it is natural that securing our data in the cloud is a concern. But, cloud security, though rightfully a central concern, should not be a hindrance to aggressively moving workloads and applications to the cloud. In fact, there are some misconceptions about cloud security that need to be laid to rest. Myth #1: A cloud provider's customers can attack each other The multi-tenant environment of cloud computing has given rise to a misconception that the provider's many customers can access each other's dat... (more)

Cloud Security – Implementing a Secure Cloud Backup Case Study

Secure cloud backup is a scenario which increasingly gains traction. It allows organizations to implement an off-site backup while maintaining costs at a minimum. In this blog post I would like to focus on a specific use case of secure cloud backup. The system we describe is comprised of an on-premise replication server, Porticor Cloud Security, and Amazon S3 as the final backup destination, all integrated by one of our fine cloud integrators. Secure Cloud Backup – The Business Need In this use case, an enterprise organization was struggling with an inefficient and costly offsite... (more)

The HIPAA Final Rule and Staying Compliant in the Cloud

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule went into effect on March 26, 2013.  In order to stay compliant, the date for fulfilling the new rules is September 23, 2013, except for companies operating under existing “business associate agreements (BAA),” may be allowed an extension until September 23, 2014. As healthcare and patient data move to the cloud, HIPAA compliance issues follow.  With many vendors, consultants, internal and external IT departments at work, the question of who is responsible for compliance comes up quite often.  Not all organizations are equipped or experienced to meet ... (more)

Best Practices for MySQL Encryption

Many applications have a database at their core, and very often, this database is the mature and popular MySQL. Often it is the most sensitive information that gets stored in the database: customer details, credit card numbers, passwords (or password hashes) and so on. MySQL encryption is an industry best practice.MySQL Encryption: Why?Obviously, the sensitive information within the database is enough motivation for secure MySQL Encryption.Often there are also requirements by regulatory bodies to encrypt the database-resident data, either applying to the entire database or to s... (more)

Cloud Computing Security Issues and Challenges By @GiladPN | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The US Federal Communications Commission has recently reported that "theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft." Businesses can do a lot to protect themselves. The FCC issued a Tip Sheet for small businesses to promote employee security training, firewalls, securing of WiFis, and more. But for business operating in (or migrating to) cloud environments; data security, cloud computing security issues, and challenges take on  new meanings and require new strategies. Security in the Cloud: Unique Challenges In the cloud, data... (more)