I’m not certain what path this blog site will take right now. But I do have a confession….I OBSESSED with cyber security. If I wasn’t so far into my degree program already, I would have changed the focus to cyber security.
Security is something that is a huge deal, and it’s not going anywhere. The more secure we think are networks are, the more sneaky the hackers get. It just simply doesn’t matter how secure you think your network is. It’s not. There’s a way around your defenses, and someone out there somewhere is going to find a way in if you can’t stay a step ahead. It’s a war. The more dependent we are on technology and the more we entrust it to hold our information, the harder we will need to work to keep that information secure.
With that said, I’m going to start out this blog with an article I found online.
The article is short and sweet. It was written by Ivan Harris and talks about what he shared when he hosted a seminar in London recently on cloud security. He was joined by Tony Richards, the head of security at G-Cloud and Ian Gale from Bristol City Council on a panel discussion. The four things they recommend are building your knowledge, being a smart buyer, busting the ‘in-house is best’ myth and prioritizing the quick wins.
The article goes into a little detail on each of these points which I’m going to briefly paraphrase. Building your knowledge is an idea that suggests reducing the amount of data that is “over-protected” and is not sensitive. Instead focusing on making sure that the really sensitive data is taken care of first and done the right way.
Being a smart buyer is a good idea, no matter what you are talking about. Do your research, know what you need and make sure what you are buying meets those needs. In cloud computing, make sure you know what security is offered from the vendor you are looking into and what you need to do to secure things on your end to compliment what is available.
As far as the ‘in-house is best’ myth…just because your network is inside your own walls does not make it better. There are benefits to cloud services that can assist to keep your data safe. Cloud service providers would go out of business if they didn’t do their best to provide secure solutions. That doesn’t mean you should leave it all up to the providers though, make sure you know what part you play.
The point, prioritizing the quick wins, can also apply to any goals you set in life I suppose. 🙂 Make the transition to the cloud gradual. Choose what you want to migrate and start there. Do it right, and you will gain confidence to move on to the next thing you want to migrate. As you go along, you will also hopefully gain some knowledge that will come in handy with the rest of the migration.
What are your thoughts on these ways to overcome security concerns in the cloud?