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Kevin Nikkhoo

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One byte at a time. Now before you roll your eyes at my stupid pun, consider the deeper wisdom to this IT twist on an very old adage. Security is big. It encompasses a great many definitions, confronts a great many issues and is addressed through a great many solutions using a great many formats. For many organizations, it can be an overwhelming proposition. Beyond the issues of data defense, regulatory compliance, traffic management, identity regulation, archiving, reporting, access control, intrusion detection, encryption, app administration, help desk assistance, there is the job the IT pro was hired to do…ensure the smooth technical operation of their organization. Securing the disappearing network perimeter and beyond has become more than a full-time job in itself. This is a Gordian Knot conundrum for smaller enterprises and SMBs. In many cases, they are under... (more)

FFIEC's Recognition of Cloud Security Advantages

Last month the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) shared an opinion on the viability and security of cloud computing. In the four-page statement, the interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, stated that cloud computing is “another form of outsourcing with the same basic risk characteristics and risk management requirements as traditional forms of outsourcing.” What they are offering is a back-handed endorsement of cloud computing with the caveat that if you perform your due diligence and the solution passes the security smell... (more)

The DNA of Cloud Security

Just like the Boston Red Sox and lo-cal deserts and hybrid cars, everybody loves a bandwagon. We get caught up in the hype. Business concepts are not immune. Cloud and cloud-centric computing have been getting a great deal of play in business media and the blogosphere, and most companies are quickly moving to adopt various cloud platforms. So much so that that many solutions that claim to be cloud, really are nothing but server-based enterprise applications wrapped in a browser experience. Just because you access an application from the Internet, does NOT make it a cloud solutio... (more)

A Preposition Makes All the Difference in / of / for / from the Cloud

No, this isn't 7th grade English...I promise. With all the important decisions IT departments make, what’s the big deal whether cloud security means from the cloud, in the cloud, of the cloud or for the cloud. Well, a lot. Among the various media, blogs, professional chatter, webinars, conferences and the like, the concept of cloud security is getting a significant amount of airplay. However, the difference in the application of a simple preposition completely alters the scope and meaning of these conversations to that of a problem or a solution. Security IN the cloud frames the... (more)

Do You Want to Know What You Don’t Know?

In my experience there are two types of enterprise IT departments: those that maintain the status quo and those looking to continuously explore and improve. It is truly unfortunate how many fall into the former category.  But the problem with IT security is that it's an ever-evolving and moving target. So the decision to not dip your toe in the water and understand all available options could mean the difference between a panicked 3am call regarding a breach alert or a good night’s sleep. I realize this is an over generalization, and oftentimes the decision to “stay the course”... (more)