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Keeping Cloud Computing Secure

May 17, 2009 Leave a comment

With this trend continuously on the rise ( Google Apps , Salesforce.com , PANDA’s Security Cloud Antivirus …etc) working in the cloud means that you are sharing your information and data with the service provider as well as other customers “might as well be competitors”, I’m not implying that your security and privacy are at risk but never the less a cloud computing user must be vigilant.

In Google Apps Terms of Service I came across the limitation of liabilities section (HERE) that basically states that ” Google disavow any warranty or any liability for harm that might result from Google’s negligence, recklessness, malevolent intent, or even purposeful disregard of existing legal obligations to protect the privacy and security of user data.” ..take a minute to think about it..then continue reading

A question rises and that is : Who checks the Security of the Cloud Providers ?

in recent weeks I read many articles discussing this issue and most of them agreed that a cloud computer user must consider the following:

– Encrypt the data

– Replicate the data

– Keep detailed Security logs

– Check the service compliance with SaaS 70 and/or HIPPA if you work with medical records.

– Check the SLAs particularly the provisions of Security/Privacy.

More about the topic can be found in the following articles:

– How to Keep Cloud Computing Secure (HERE)
– Who will check the security of cloud providers? (HERE)
– The Cloud Security Alliance (HERE)

PS: I have attached a decent security guide called (Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing ) produced by the Cloud Security Alliance.