Certification and Compliance Don’t Make You Secure

Security > Certification + Compliance Certification and compliance can play a role in security.  They might be part of security, but there is no guarantee that they can provide it. Put another way, they might be necessary, at least for regulatory reasons, but they are not adequate on their own. Passing a certification exam proves […]
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The Undetectable Threat of Cloud Sprawl

In my previous post, I shared about how someone’s greatest fear about cloud computing was how easy it can be. It is so easy, and so tempting, for someone inside your organization to quickly and quietly push some of your data out into the cloud. There is no trail left to tell that this happened, […]
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The Scariest Thing About Cloud Computing…

If you ask several people what scares them about cloud computing, you will get several answers. Here’s one I hadn’t thought of in exactly these terms. Someone told me that the thing that just terrified them about cloud computing was how easy it was. That might sound a little strange, but he had an excellent […]
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The Patriot Act and the Cloud

A year ago, Microsoft’s U.K. managing director surprised many people by publicly admitting that Microsoft will hand over data stored in any of its worldwide facilities when asked to do so by the U.S. government. In fact, the cloud customers and their data subjects would not even be informed if there was a gag order […]
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Will My Cloud Provider Read My Data?

In my last blog post, I explained how you can verify that Amazon cloud storage is zeroized before being redeployed for the next user. But what about the cloud provider browsing through your data? After all, it’s stored on their hardware in their facility, so they have physical access plus the ability to interact with […]
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