Cloud computing security from user perspective

dblacharski

Cloud computing security is approached from two directions; the cloud provider, and the end user. Regarding the provider, our strategy is "trust but verify," and ensuring that we use a cloud provider that offers a state of the art data center, 24x7 physical and virtual security, monitoring and alerts, etc. But what steps can you take as a client of a hosting provider to make sure your software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service products are safe? Or, are we just left to rely solely on the provider?

Topic: Security
Answer this Question

Answers

2 total
sspade
Vote Up (33)

One shouldn't just assume that everything is handled by the provider, even if their sales representatives try to make it sound as such. That adage "trust by verify" is pretty accurate - first you'd make a baseline assessment of what the cloud provider says, and run some tests where possible. But it's also a good idea to try to come up with your own policies or procedures that won't place private data at risk on the server. For instance, I'm often asked for my social security number by folks who have no business capturing that kind of data. You might want to look at the data your company is storing on the cloud, and make a determination that some data needs to be hashed and salted, then encrypted in such a manner so that when it's on the cloud, it doesn't pose a risk.

jimlynch
Vote Up (25)

Hi dblacharski,

I think you need to research potential providers, and also have a clear list of things to be on the lookout for as you go about your research. Here's an interesting article about how to evaluate cloud computing providers that might help you get started.

How to Evaluate Cloud Computing Providers
http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/06/01/how-to-evaluate-c...

Snippet:

"Enterprises looking to outsource infrastructure to cloud computing providers face a bewildering number of choices today. New cloud providers are popping up every month and many traditional service providers are rebranding services as cloud hosting. So how does your enterprise evaluate and select the right cloud platform?

First off, as most Data Center Knowledge readers may know, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud platforms are a viable alternative to traditional server and storage infrastructure. And while this article will focus on IaaS, many of my points are relevant for Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) clouds, too."

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Google, Dropbox and the Open Technology Fund are supporting a new organization focused on making open-source security and privacy tools more user-friendly.
Among six major U.S. cities, CSOs are paid the most in San Francisco and New York, but factoring in the cost of living makes Denver and Chicago the best bang-for-the-buck places.
Apple's iOS 8 addresses a serious weakness that could allow attackers to hijack the wireless network authentication of Apple devices and gain access to enterprise networks.
Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday aims to place limits on access by U.S. law enforcement agencies to emails and other communications stored abroad.
Two online advertising networks, Google's DoubleClick and Zedo, have been delivering malicious advertisements that could install malware on a person's computer, according to the security vendor Malwarebytes.
Google is turning on data encryption by default in the next version of Android, a step that mirrors broad moves in the technology industry to ensure better data security.
CloudFlare said it has engineered a novel way to handle sensitive encryption keys that allows organizations such as financial institutions to still use its caching service to fend off cyberattacks.
Samsung on Thursday announced price reductions and updates for its Knox security and management software for IT shops and a free My Knox service that is directly available to professionals using ActiveSync.
The breach of Home Depot's payment systems may have compromised 56 million payment cards as a result of malware that has since been eliminated, the company said Thursday.
Apple outlined its new privacy policy and set up a site to explain what information it collects from users and how it handles it, as the company enters new areas like health tracking and mobile payments that have potential privacy implications.