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Secure Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Security in the Ether, by David Talbot MIT Technology review recently published a great article titled: Security in the Ether addressing security, privacy and reliability issues resulting from cloud computing. Some of the interesting points in this article include: The cloud security threat is across two related dimensions: i) cloud resident data may be lost due to equipment/software failure or stolen by a hacker because of the shared resouce nature of cloud computing and ii) cloud data may be mishandled by the cloud provider because of technology gaps, but more importantly, such information can be extracted through a court issued subpoena.  Whether the data resident in the cloud versus on-premise makes it more or less likely to a subpoena being exercised is yet to be seen.  Bit and bytes lost accidentally or intentionally have a st... (more)

Understanding Cloud Taxonomies and Security

XML Security at Cloud Expo OWASP AppSec DC 2009 had a compelling session that defined cloud taxonomies and the security implications associated with the cloud computing. The three taxonomies that have become part of our vernacular are: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Set of virtualized components that can be assembled to build a application.  Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Opsource, and GoGrid are examples of IaaS where you can rent "virtual" hardware and software as a "pay-as-you-go" services.  If you need 5 Linux servers running MySQL Database for 3 months, you'd subscribe to an Iaa... (more)

Cloud Reliability Will Be Bigger than Cloud Security for 2010-11

Security Sessions at Cloud Expo We have all the tools for securing information in a Cloud: establishing trust through identity, data privacy through encryption, and content integrity through signatures. We are overly focused on Cloud Computing Security  issues and less on reliability. This is all about to change. Following the outages experience by Amazon EC2 in 2009, another premiere cloud provide, Rackspace, suffered an outage on December 18. Using technology such as Forum Systems XML / Cloud gateways is essential for establishing multi-cloud reliability and fault tolerance. ... (more)

Support Real Healthcare Reform: Start Using HL7 v3

Health Care at Cloud Expo We all know that technology is key to reducing health care costs, eliminating dangerous errors, and eventually providing coverage for all.  I like learning from others, so while we consider ourselves innovative, there is no point in repeating mistakes made by others.  Here's a fact motivating the Dutch -- one of the leading nations in using modern technology (SOA, XML. HL7v3, Schematrons, Virtualization, Cloud computing) for solving their heath care problems: "Currently some 90.000 people (out of a population of 16 million) are hospitalized yearly due ... (more)

Strategies for Securing Enterprise-to-Cloud Communication

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) published Version 2.1 of its Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing with a significant and comprehensive set of recommendations that enterprises should incorporate within their security best practices if they are to use cloud computing in a meaningful way. The Guidance provides broad recommendations for operational security concerns including application security, encryption & key management, and identity & access management. In this article, we will consider security implications of REST- and SOAP-based communication between co... (more)