Five Burning Security Issues in Cloud Computing

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Securing a new perimeter

In the past, you could focus your security efforts on guarding the front door of your data center. Using cloud technologies means distributing your data and applications to multiple data centers – effectively creating a new security perimeter – and a new set of doors to guard. How can you defend against attack in all the places your data resides?

Form of remediation: Many cloud providers have tested or even deployed technologies that detect distributed-denial-of-service attacks, but most are based on sampled network statistics. Inline deployments, examining all inbound and outbound traffic, offer the most comprehensive detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks. Knowing what tools a cloud provider uses for DDoS detection should be part of the standard checklist for evaluating any cloud services.

As companies accelerate their adoption of cloud technologies – like infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or software as a service (SaaS) – the need for solutions that provide secure access and reliable operations in the cloud increases in importance. A top area of concern is defending applications from distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Any plan to move to the cloud should include a plan for dealing with the pervasive and growing threat that DDoS present. In this slideshow, Bill Lowry, director of cloud services at Radware, takes a look at some of the burning issues you should look for when adopting a DDoS mitigation strategy for a cloud-based solution.

Bill Lowry is director, Cloud Services at Radware, where he leads strategic sales engagement and evangelism for Radware’s industry-leading products and services for co-location, hosting, managed service, and cloud providers. Lowry has more than 20 years of experience integrating security, network and data center technologies into solutions for service providers and Fortune 500 enterprises, with leadership roles at companies including Terremark, Verizon, Arista Networks, Brocade, and Apple.


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