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

Kevin Nikkhoo

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Of all the strategies and tactics available to prevent breaches, deter data leakage and theft, control access and secure beyond the so-called network perimeter, the one that is emerging as an achievable and affordable best practice is that of unified security from the cloud. But if you look across the web, you will no doubt come across various versions of what constitutes “unified,” what is “protected,” and, what is “security from the cloud?” Luckily this means that the concept of unified security from the cloud is becoming more and more of a best practice. In general, the practice of unified security is the centralization of all security functions under one umbrella across the enterprise. This means more than ensuring data encryption. It means more than access policies. It means more than intrusion detection, malware blocking, data review. It’s more than ensuring ... (more)

Beyond Intrusion Detection: Eight Best Practices for Cloud SIEM Deployment

For all the right reasons, your company has been thinking about deploying SIEM…to create an alert system when those with less than good intentions come knocking; to remediate potential network threats; to comply with federal, state or industry regulations; and identify the risks and vulnerabilities throughout the enterprise IT infrastructure and architecture. If you maintain even a modest (SMB -> Fortune 1000) organization that has any online identity, SIEM should be the cornerstone of your asset protection strategy. First and foremost, SIEM (and to a certain extent log manageme... (more)

My Security Playlist: Now Playing Access Management

While I peruse my morning inbox, I enjoy listening to music on my iPod. It just so happens this morning’s first random selection served as the inspiration for today’s blog: Let ‘Em In by Paul McCartney & Wings. “Someones knockin at the door Somebody’s ringin’ the bell Do me a favor, Open the door and let em in!” There is nothing more damaging to the overall enterprise operation and business reputation than permissive access policies. Considering the all the entry points from applications to social media to email to cracks in the network perimeter, it is incumbent upon any company o... (more)

Why the Cloud Will Supplant On-premise Security

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... (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)