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Cloud Computing Evolves: An Interview with Mats Johansson

By G C Network | June 6, 2019

Recently, Ericsson Digital released an amazing report on Edge Computing and 5G. In it, they explained how distributed cloud computing is paving the way for the future of network communications. They also advised telecommunications operators, not to wait for 5G but they should build tomorrow’s networks today! Given the cost, effort and focus such a commitment…

The IoT Nexus: Bosch Connected World 2019 in Berlin

By G C Network | May 11, 2019

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By G C Network | April 17, 2019

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By G C Network | April 13, 2019

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MWC19: Where Telecommunications and Cloud Meet

By G C Network | March 23, 2019

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Tulane University SoPA Selects “Architechting Cloud Computing Solutions”

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

Last week, Packt Publishing announced that “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” by Kevin L. Jackson and Scott Goessling was selected for use by the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement, Applied Computing Systems & Technology Program as the textbook for their mandatory Enterprise Architecture – Hardware course starting Spring Semester 2019. I am proud and honored to be trusted by such a prestigious institution. Being an “Amazon…

5G Wireless Technology Connecting Healthcare

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

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By G C Network | February 16, 2019

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How “Big Iron” Does “Big Regulation”

By G C Network | January 10, 2019

According to Verizon, there were over there were over 53,000 security incidents in 2017, with over 2,200 of those identified as confirm data breaches. A Ponemon Institute study also showed that companies experiencing a data breach took an average of 147 days to detect that breach. These statistics serve a key motivator of Stuart McIrvine, Director…

Mainframe Synergies for Digital Transformation

By G C Network | January 10, 2019

In July  of 2018, Broadcom announced its intentions to acquire CA Technologies. In the press release, Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, said: “This transaction represents an important building block as we create one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies. With its sizeable installed base of customers, CA is uniquely positioned…

Security has long been the No. 1 cloud computing business concern. Although the apprehension is absolutely valid, cloud computing business decision and strategies are all too often driven by the many broadly shared misconceptions and misunderstandings. They include:

  • Public cloud is more easily breached that a private cloud
  • Any infrastructure that you manage or own is more secure than any cloud computing infrastructure
  • Cloud-hosted applications are technically no different than enterprise-hosted applications
  • The cloud service provider infrastructure and personnel will address and remediate all security issues
  • The end user has very little control over cloud security
  • A corporate network provides protection even when using cloud apps
  • Cloud platforms lack security features and cloud providers offer no visibility into their platform
  • Strong authentication mechanisms are sufficient for ensuring security

Although every one of these statements have been proven false, they continue to be socially propagated. While this is sometimes done for self-serving commercial reasons, perpetrators are often well-meaning individuals holding critical corporate responsibilities. This latter scenario has been driven by the lack of industry consensus on security and a dearth of nonvendor specific cloud security training and certifications. Because cloud computing is a young industry so this is understandable, but maintaining this view exacerbates the harm.

These troubling facts are why I was thrilled last month when cloud computing security industry leaders Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the International Information System Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)²) addressed this issue head-on by collaborating on the development and release of the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) Certification Program. Both nonprofits, their individual missions and goals are synergistic:

CSA: To promote best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing and provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

(ISC)²: To support and provide members and constituents with credentials, resources, and leadership to secure information and deliver value to society.

By stepping up to the challenge of cloud security certification, these organizations are explicitly addressing their missions.

Vendors are also stepping up. According to a recent CRN article, commercial cloud security platforms are helping enterprises mitigate the risks of using cloud-based applications and services. These offering are providing strong data protection capabilities by incorporating data loss prevention, data encryption and tokenization. Some cloud security companies provide identity and access
management capabilities while others monitor cloud-based systems for suspicious activity and provide policy enforcement, reporting and alerting capabilities. Cloud-based sandbox environments for controlling employee laptops, smartphones and tablets, regardless of their location, are in the marketplace as well.

A specific example of strong industry cloud security capabilities is Dell SecureWorks. It is positioned in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Global Managed Security Service Providers. In April 2015, the Info Security Products Guide recognized the company by announcing Dell as the Grand Trophy Winner as well as the winner of 12 additional awards, including one in cloud security for the Dell Cloud Access Manager.

The CCSP credential was designed to reflect the holder’s deep knowledge of cloud computing security. In order to gain this certification, a candidate must demonstrate hands-on information security and cloud computing experience. Certification requires a minimum of five years of cumulative, paid, full-time information technology experience, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one of six domains of the CCSP examination. It also requires:

  • Passing an exam;
  • A legal commitment to the code of ethics;
  • Endorsement from an appropriate certified professional; and a
  • Commitment to continuing professional education.

In providing the CCSP certification, CSA and (ISC)² have set a new benchmark for cloud security knowledge and competence. They have also established a reliable indicator for overall proficiency in cloud security and have gone a long way toward eliminating cloud computing security misconceptions and misunderstandings.

This post was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.

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