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

Kevin Nikkhoo

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You realize the overarching benefits of the cloud, but you are a bit wary regarding the security of any data stored and transacted in these virtualized environments.  But the cost-saving benefits and user preference and resource delegation of the cloud are such that not integrating some processes, applications and data is counterproductive to your overall IT strategy. So you decide that a private cloud is a more secure route that its public counterpart. But are you really any more secure? The quick answer is no. But not for the reason you might think. A private cloud is infrastructure operated solely for a single organization. The only difference is that your data is segregated from any other organization. And if that brings you any semblance of peace, then it’s a good investment. It all depends on your business need. It offers greater control, but means you should... (more)

Adaptive Risk: Making Sure You Are Who You Say You Are

Does this sound familiar? Ann, sitting at her desk eating lunch, is surfing the Net. She checks her personal Yahoo email account and sees a message from a purported survey company asking her about her music preferences. She opens the email and takes the survey. Seems harmless enough, but what Ann doesn’t know is that this survey company doesn’t exist and embedded in some of the survey prompts hides an undetected botnet that downloaded onto her desktop. This nasty bugger can record her keystrokes and take screen shots as she navigates through your network. Now some unauthorized en... (more)

Revealing Cloud-Driven Best Practices

Effectively managing individual online user identities while controlling their specific application and data access privileges continue to be a challenge for IT administrators. CloudAccess, a leader in cloud-based security solutions is hosting a complimentary webinar that address best practices to overcome the issues of complexity, expense and available resources. The 45-minute presentation, titled "One Click...From Directory to Cloud," and scheduled for May 22nd and 28 at 11:00am PDT, boldly asks the question, "What if you could add a user from any directory or database and it s... (more)

Storming the Castle

One of the true benefits of the cloud is the ability to reconfigure and create a stronger, more active asset protection strategy than you might be able to otherwise afford. But let’s look beyond the cost factor for a moment and analyze a true best practice that gives an organization a true advantage within the cloud and an overall strategic deployment of security resources. To look at the future of security configuration we have to look back 500 years into the mists of history to see a model that worked well then…and works just as well today. I’m talking specifically of the cast... (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)