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Cloud Security - 'Best Practices of the Fortune 500'

Here is some advice from the Fortune 500

Cloud Security Best Practices of the Fortune 500

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When you plan your migration to the cloud, and the cloud security best practices to secure it, there is no need to reinvent the wheel.  Here is some advice from the Fortune 500. Use these tips to learn from others’ successes and to avoid their failures – maybe their companies can afford “valuable” learning lessons, but yours would do better heeding their advice for free.

Intel: security is a concern in both private and public clouds

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The GM of Intel speaks up about the differences between data center and cloud environment.With cloud infrastructure, servers are typically virtualized and shared across multiple lines of business or even among multiple organizations rather than dedicated to specific lines of business . . . This lack of visibility . . . has people concerned because they no longer have dedicated equipment for their line of business and instead are using shared, multi-tenant resources.”

What this means for you

Waxman is explicit that an issue exists whether you are in a private cloud or a public one. If your line of business has sensitive data, segregating your project from others, within a shared infrastructure, is your responsibility. Your IT department, or a cloud provider (AWS or VMware) may share some accountability, but you must make sure to take all necessary precautions to protect your sensitive business data.  Techniques for segregating data should include segregation of network segments and encryption of data with encryption keys that are specific to a project.

HP: Regulations hold service providers more accountable

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HP’s CISO, Mr. Katarki, argues that “perpetual preparedness is tough to maintain” partially because we don’t “have an accurate inventory of where PII is located, transmitted, or stored.” Regulatory compliance requirements with HIPAA, PCI DSS, and other regulations continue to “hold service providers more accountable with stiff penalties for noncompliance.”

What this means for you

You can definitely learn the best practices of securing your data. The healthcare industry’s HIPAA, or the financial industry’s PCI DSS, for example, will teach you:

  • Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for passwords and other security parameters.
  • Use and regularly update anti-virus software.
  • Protect data with encryption and protect cryptographic keys against disclosure and misuse.
  • Restrict access to data by business need-to-know and assign a unique ID to each person with access.
  • Track and monitor all access and regularly test security systems and processes.

IBM: Data must be protected throughout its lifecycle

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“Today’s enterprises are looking for integrated solutions that protect the data in transit, at rest, in motion, in use, and throughout the lifecycle.”

What this means for you

It is not enough to protect your data only some of the time.  For example, have you thought about protecting your online backups as much as you protect the “live” data?

Your data security lock and chain are only as strong as their weakest link and it is your responsibility to make sure no point of the data lifecycle falls victim to weak security.

Encryption has become the best practice for ensuring lifecycle protection of data. Encryption should be applied to the network, when data is in transit, through techniques such as SSL. And it should be applied to data at rest, whether it is on the current (virtual) disk or in a backup.

Unisys: Cloud security for growth and innovation

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“We believe that in today’s economy, security solutions must be thought of strategically and applied not only for risk mitigation but also for growth and innovation. This is a change in mind-set from the traditional view of security as a cost of doing business or “insurance,” merely an information protection issue.”

What this means for you

Cloud security certainly protects you from threats (malicious hackers, government eavesdroppers, employee oversight), but today, it goes a step beyond that.  Proper cloud security enables you to reduce costs, achieve regulatory compliance and a “safe harbor,” and create a brand that is committed to securing the data of its customers.

Conclusion: what the security experts want you to know

You don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company in order to think like a Fortune 500 company.  And you don’t have to spend like a Fortune 500 company to have their level of cloud security for your own apps and data. Remember (and apply!) these key principles:

  1. Intel wants you to know that private clouds are not a panacea. Segregating sensitive projects form others is essential (and can be achieved through encryption).  In virtual environments, you need virtual walls to replace the physical separations of the data center.
  2. HP reminds you that regulatory requirements have lessons we can all learn from. You should implement their safeguards to protect your data.
  3. IBM prompts you to protect all stages in the lifecycle of your data.  A hacked backup is just as dangerous as compromised “live” data.
  4. Unisys says that cloud security isn’t just about protection today, it is about building a future that is safe and compliant.

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