Many organizations today are feeling pressure to reduce IT costs and optimize IT operations. Cloud computing is rapidly emerging as a viable means to create dynamic, rapidly provisioned resources for operating platforms, applications, development environments, storage and backup capabilities, and many more IT functions. “Cloud” is a generalized term to denote a large, connected, remote technical infrastructure (usually the Internet) that can be used to store and access data. Generally, the hardware used to power the cloud – the servers, along with the data centers and racks that house them – are not owned by users.
Because of this upfront cost savings, cloud computing allows companies to avoid upfront infrastructure costs, and focus on projects that differentiate their businesses instead of infrastructure. From large multinational corporations to small neighborhood businesses, cloud computing in some form is becoming the standard for global business.
However, with this convenience also comes danger. A staggering number of security considerations exist that information security professionals need to consider when evaluating the risks of cloud computing.
Because data and information is just “out there”, there is easy exposure to all forms of cyber-attack – privacy invasion, stolen information, malware propagations and data losses.
Cloud Security is dedicated to the on-going research, development and implementation of advance technology to protect organizations (Enterprise) and individuals (Personal) involved in any phase of the cloud computing environment.
The storage gateway into the cloud computing environment is typically the most guarded component of the cloud “loop”. But the entry point for external machines or devices to communicate with the cloud-based environment is usually where attacks happen.
Cloud Security Enterprise is an evolving set of services that include network security, information security, and computer security. All apply best practices to ensure compliance with important business-level security policies and processes, as well as government regulations. First, the network security solution ensures there is no compromise in network traffic. The information security component then scans data for any compromise. Finally, the computer security module then scans installations for any malware, viruses or other potential security hazards that may create a wormhole for hackers to tunnel into the private network.
In short, Cloud Security Enterprise is a set of services that ensures that all points of the cloud technical infrastructure are safe.
I. Personal “My Computer Key”
My Computer Key is a secured means for individuals to access a remote machine, and in particular a cloud-based environment from their own desktop computer. My Computer Key is a USB device that inserts into any computer to allow access to a remote machine or cloud-based environment. Upgrades are being made to implement a biometric authentication so even if passwords are compromised, My Computer Key remains uncompromised.
As security issues’ full impact is still emerging, this product is in constant improvement to remain cutting-edge.