General Cloud Computing

Law firms in the security cross-hairs: how cloud security can level the playing field.

“Law firms are a back door to clients’ confidential information,” Business Week. As corporations have become more aware of threats to data, hackers and other fraudsters are quickly discovering a new, softer target to attack and siphon highly confidential corporate details, proprietary personal information, and trade secrets. Even as stewards of trust for their corporate and private clients, law firms have traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies. Cloud computing has been no exception because many mistakenly believe the cloud is less secure than traditional

Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) is more important than ever

Conspiracy theorists and other concerned citizens will insist the government is watching every keystroke, keeping a record of every website, transaction, text and email. Shades of 1984’s Big Brother, right? These last few weeks, the news has been brimming with revelations of data surveillance and monitoring by the government (not to mention data harvesting corporations like Google, Yahoo, Facebook etc…). Everyone, including the security buffs at CloudAccess, is sensitive as to what is being looked at, stored, and analyzed for hazily defined purposes. Privacy is

7 Causes of Security Paralysis & Cloud-based Cures

Over and over again the team at CloudAccess are pummeled with statistics on how risk is growing in disproportion to security readiness. -91% of companies have experienced at least one IT security event from an external source. -90% of all cyber crime costs are those caused by web attacks, malicious code and malicious insiders. -40% reported rogue cloud issues (shadow IT) experienced the exposure of confidential information as a result -34% share passwords with their co-workers for applications like FedEx, Twitter, Staples, LinkedIn. These are

Can your company afford to lose $400 million?

Of course not. But that’s the dollar figure companies stand to lose in terms of consumer trust when security protocols are breached according to a new study by the research firm Ponemon. In terms of dollars and cents on a risk analysis spreadsheet, it is easier to put a value on a particular asset than the potential recurring value of a client, customer or even partner. Beyond lawsuits and capital and operational expenses to repair a mea culpa, weak cryptography, hack defenses or shoring an

MSPs must practice what they preach-especially with security

What’s wrong with this picture? A man walks into the doctor’s office. He hasn’t been feeling well. A virus has been floating around the office and the man feels he’s caught it. Doctor walks in, smiles and picks up the chart. He starts examining the man and as he writes a prescription advises he keep sanitary and wash his hands several times a day. Do you trust this doctor…especially after he prescribes vigorous hand-washing, but forgot to wash his own before poking and prodding during

Avoiding the fate of Erasmus Wilson and others who ignore progress (cloud)

OR WHY THE CLOUD WILL SUPPLANT ON-PREMISE FOR SECURITY INITIATIVES Erasmus Wilson, the celebrated Oxford professor once proclaimed, “When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” History is littered with those who refused to embrace the obviousness of the future. Didn’t Digital founder Ken Olsen prognosticate “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” in 1977. (His company was broken up for parts after its acquisition by Compaq

Supporting CIO strategies and priorities from the cloud-Part 1

The biggest eye-opener in Gartner’s recently-published study on the current agenda regarding the digital landscape for Chief Information Officers is that CIO’s recognize that cloud computing will not only be a significant part of the future, but that their own roles and behavior need to be updated to survive in the modern enterprise. “CIOs will have to develop new IT strategies and plans that go beyond the usual day-to-day maintenance of an enterprise IT infrastructure…. technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if

How cloud security balances risk versus reward

I spend a great deal of my day thinking about security. How it affects the enterprise; how to best position and protect assets. How it shapes risk management and how it delivers potential benefits through smoother operations, enhanced trust and loss prevention. At its core, security is about risk versus reward. It’s no great secret that many executives look at security as a cost center. Compounded by the requirements of compliance, the expansion of technology, and the nature of the modern enterprise, no one doubts

It’s a Wonderful Cloud-a Security Carol

It’s not Wordsworth, but hopefully worth the words. Happy holidays to all of you and thank you for reading. May the season keep your perimeters protected, your assets secure and your networks free of nasty little elves or ancient Mayan disasters! Twas the night before Christmas and all through the net No access was stirring; No hackers as yet. Murphy in sales was showing his app Tweeting and downloading with only a tap I grumble and moan ‘cause I know it to be. That his

It’s money that matters in the cloud…well, at least ROI

With all the talk of fiscal cliffs, financial binds and “next year’s budget,” I started thinking about cloud security in more tangible ways. Specifically returns on investment, economic impact and total costs of ownership. Just like death and taxes, businesses can add intrusion and attack to the list of sureties. I can hear CFOs all over the world sigh in exasperation as they feel pressured to add another expense line item to minimize the building security threats to their enterprises. Before you add another decimal