Security in Cloud? Oxymoron or just common sense.

Companies are moving towards Hosted Private Clouds which can range from 100% virtualized to a mixture of both virtual and dedicated. Many times this is based on comfort in some Enterprise applications being virtualized. When designing your private cloud environment take into account some security principles into the design.

  • Isolate and have a basic security best practice defined
  • Assume those trying to break in attackers are authenticated and authorized as many times they are.
  • Realize that even with private networks in a Private cloud that all data locations are accessible
  • Try and use an automated security practice if possible with good strong cryptography
  • Monitor and audit as much as you can and reduce attack surface in many Data Centers this is done with SSAE16 Type II compliance, but you need your customers to review as well.
  • Review your risks and compliance along with design assurance.

One thing that I have not seen talked about much as of late is the use of Honey Pots especially with virtual machines being so easy to deploy these days why would you not build an environment to trap the bugs before they do any damage.


1 Response to “Security in Cloud? Oxymoron or just common sense.”

  1. 1 Keith Townsend March 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Nice quick hit but common sense perspective to any security not just Cloud.

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