The Sky is No Longer the Limit: Thoughts from the Cloud

Kevin Nikkhoo

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Erasmus Wilson, the celebrated Oxford professor once proclaimed, "When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” History is littered with those who refused to embrace the obviousness of the future. Didn’t Digital founder Ken Olsen prognosticate “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” in 1977. (His company was broken up for parts after its acquisition by Compaq in 1998.) There are many of us who have been around IT long enough can even remember how storing 1MB on a 3.5” hard case floppy disk was cutting edge IT.  Yes, I remember punch cards too, but the point is that IT grows up. It advances, evolves. Thirty years on from those halcyon days, IT is facing its latest crossroads: the movement away from on-premise solutions and the acceptance of cloud-based computing as the chief b... (more)

Erasing the Identity Blind Spot

Security is not an all-or-nothing proposition. And that’s part of the problem. It creates blind spots; gaps in vulnerability. Partly because of the inherent complacency that after a company institutes a new security initiative that hackers will be held at bay, or the employees won’t be tempted to make off with a database or a hundred other internal or external threats. I have long promoted that security is as much about planning and process as it is about the various solutions that are deployed to protect networks, data, and other assets. Security is no longer a wall. Stick up ... (more)

The Challenge of BYOD

“Don’t care how…I want it now!” -Veruca Salt (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) We live and work in a world of immediate gratification. In the name of greater productivity if you need to check inventory from a supplier’s warehouse…click there it is. Share a file on Dropbox, no problem. Add detail about a meeting in the sales database… click! Update your Facebook or LinkedIn status. Email a white paper to a potential client...click, click. Want to see that flying pig meme…well, you get the picture. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing…unless you’re an IT professional and th... (more)

The Challenge of Herding Cats: Your SaaS Portfolio and Security

It’s obvious the rise of SaaS (software-as-a-service) has changed the game. The benefits of subscribing to a cloud-based application service are already well-known and documented: cost-efficiencies, speed, hands-off maintenance, etc… It’s no longer an emerging practice and, for most IT managers, has become an inextricable component of any go-forward IT network strategy. What this means is now there are dozens of new sign-ons per user from a variety of endpoints (including mobile and tablet). And if we are talking enterprise-wide deployments, this is can be as challenging as herdi... (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)