Watch Out, Your Data Might Wander Down the Wrong Back Alley — Part 1
Feb 15, 2013
On a recent visit to New York I saw Cortlandt Alley. It’s pretty much what you would expect of a New York alleyway — narrow, dark, lots of fire escapes, small loading docks and back entrances, some of them mysterious. What you wouldn’t expect is that it’s the only such alley in all of Manhattan. […]
How Much of Cloud Security is New and Different?
Feb 7, 2013
As far as cybersecurity technology goes, absolutely nothing is new or different about cloud security. Cloud security is based on precisely the same fundamental technology you should already be using in your in-house operation. The only difference is that you are turning over control, and thus visibility, of some of the operation to a cloud […]
Amazon is the New Coal Tar, and I Mean That in a Good Way
Dec 11, 2012
Ages ago, before the documentary channels on satellite and cable degenerated into today’s freak shows of bounty hunters, “reality” Prima Donnas, conspiracies and the paranormal, they carried programming that could actually teach you something. Shows like the multiple incarnations of Connections contained solid history and the science behind the developments being discussed. One thing I […]
When Will People Learn How To Safely Use Amazon Web Services?
Dec 4, 2012
Another month, another minor AWS outage, and people still don’t get it. Starting about 11 AM on October 22, 2012, a small percentage of the EBS (or Elastic Block Storage) volumes within a single availability zone in the US-East-1 region began to suffer degraded performance. The problem degraded further with ripple effects on services that […]
What Is “The Cloud” And How Can It Be Secure?
Sep 20, 2012
What is “The Cloud”? That depends on who you ask, and some of the answers are downright silly. A recent Microsoft ad campaign featured a woman frustrated with her attempts to take a family picture with everyone cooperating simultaneously. “To the cloud!” was her solution. “Photoshop-as-a-Service”, perhaps? Apparently, “The Cloud” means “Software”. Then I wandered […]