A New Year Deserves New Security Strategies

With the news of the latest terrorist attempt and revamped security efforts for travelers dominating the headlines the past few days, I couldn't help but think about how important it is to be proactive when it comes to safety measures of all kinds. With the New Year days away, what better time to make a resolution for improving your security measures.

Let's take cloud computing, for example, which has a lot of security risks. Protecting the cloud is an emerging technology area. As Eric Ogren wrote in his blog on SearchSecurity.com: "Cloud-based tools and productivity applications that leverage the cloud are likely already being used in your organization and attackers are ready to pounce."

Ogren's advice is to take advantage of cloud security services, which can provide centralized administration and processing. By using these services, he added, "inbound traffic can be inspected for malware and authenticated access control enforced; outbound traffic can be checked for regulated data and transparent encryption applied according to policy."

In its white paper, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) recommended enterprises using cloud computing services should be aware of security measures in place. Actions that CSA suggested include onsite inspections of the cloud provider's facilities and of the provider's disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

In addition, the CSA recommended, "Cloud providers should consider adopting as a security baseline the most stringent requirements of any customer. To the extent these security practices do not negatively impact the customer experience, stringent security practices should prove to be cost effective in the long run by reducing risk as well as customer-driven scrutiny in several areas of concern."

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