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As business technology managers we are constantly challenged by a need to support a broad spectrum of information technologies within our organizations. Now more so with the establishment of the amalgamation of services that now comprises the cloud computing ecosystem. The pure purpose of these technologies is to improve end-users needs as these systems evolve. Managers are in turn constantly challenged in an effort to present and optimize a single infrastructure to support the many different requirements within organizations. We are blitzed daily with newer and allegedly better means to choose, implement, hone, improve, migrate or upgrade our technologies, via web-casts, product pitches, conferences, email blasts etc. Some points to consider: are some of these marketing pitches for "change/upgrades" really necessary or inherently imperative to ensuring that operati... (more)

Standards Acceleration to Jump-Start Adoption of Cloud Computing

One major concern with the adoption of cloud computing is the lack of a defined standard or standards that are specific to operations impacting security, interoperability & mobility within the Cloud ecosystem. As most managers of security departments will attest to, there is a fine line between security and operations. While we as business managers want to ensure that we maximize the ROI on our operational investments and ensure that availability is paramount  for our users, we do not want to do so at the expense of our security measures, policies and protocols. On the other hand... (more)

Digital Forensic Challenges within Cloud Computing

Proponents of the cloud ecosystem touts its "vastness, flexibility and scalability as advantages for the implementation of cloud services. However, from a digital point of view this can be a veritable forensic challenge as we view the cloud in terms of its scope and diversity. According to Dr. Stephen Wolthusen[1] "Digital forensics (also referred to at times as computer forensics) encompasses approaches and techniques for gathering and analyzing traces of human and computer-generated activity in such a way that it is suitable in a court of law." A key challenge to a digital inve... (more)

GRC and the Cloud - Governance, Risk Management & Compliance

As we become more technology dependent, more so in today's "cloud"-driven environment, IT security needs to evolve from the traditional sense of digital security. We should see the advent and acceptance of a more holistic, flexible and adaptive model of security that focuses more on managing information security, people and processes in a natural evolution from the traditional model of implementation, monitoring and updating. According to Teubner and Feller [1] "Governance is understood as securing a responsible corporate management, having its roots in value-based management."... (more)

Virtualization and the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

Last week at the 7th International Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, I sat on a panel discussing virtualization and the cloud. As a follow on to my contribution, it is my intention to expand on the position of virtualization and the cloud ecosystem. It is generally accepted that the concept of cloud computing or, at least the amalgamation of services that infer the cloud ecosystem, lends to the premise of improvements in managing deployed services. This due to an assumed increase in efficiencies resulting from the sharing of hardware resources at one end of the spectrum. According to ... (more)