Five Burning Security Issues in Cloud Computing

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Maintaining availability

By definition, cloud technologies are remotely accessed. If your cloud provider suffers a crippling DDoS attack that prevents network access to their services, it is the same as your application being down. What is your cloud provider doing to insure this does not happen to you?

Form of remediation: Cloud providers should employ a combination of cloud-based and on-premise DDoS mitigation tools. This hybrid approach offers the best protection available: deploying hardware to detect and mitigate attacks locally with automated signaling to divert attack traffic to a cloud-based scrubbing center. The scrubbing center should be able to handle attacks hundreds of gigabits in size, improving the cloud provider’s ability to keep your resources up and running.

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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