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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 we do not want to lock down a system providing maximum security, but to such an extent that there is a degradation in availability - thus negatively impacting operations and our revenue stream by extension. In the traditional IT Security/Operational world we balance tools and metrics from ITIL a... (more)

Identity Management in Cloud Computing

Web-services research and protocol applications have been around and in use for quite some time now. With the potential Capex and Opex savings enterprises can potentially realise from utilizing a cloud computing service model, there should also be added focus on ensuring that security is properly implemented either in authentication or authorization. Cloud Computing, with its foundation in the world of virtualization, can take advantage of key aspects of web service implementations and security practice; but only to a point. Web service policies are based on a static model that ... (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)

The Impact of the Cloud on Digital Forensics - Part 2

As mentioned in  Part 1 of this article, one of my functions is to research current and up and coming solutions within the technology realm, particularly that of distributed computing and cloud computing. It is a strong possibility that malicious users will eventually identify and exploit potential flaws within the cloud computing model. CSPs, in their pursuit to secure market share may have underestimated the possibilities of attack and misuse of their cloud resources by a malicious user or users. The likelihood that the creation, storage, processing and distribution of illicit ... (more)

Risk and Its Impact on Security Within the Cloud - Part 1

These days when we hear the term "cloud computing" there is an understanding that we are speaking about a flexible, cost-effective, and proven delivery platform that is being utilized or will be utilized to provide IT services over the Internet. As end users or researchers of all things "cloud" we expect to hear about how quickly processes, applications, and services can be provisioned, deployed and scaled, as needed, regardless of users' physical locations. When we think of the typical traditional IT security environment, we have to be cognizant of the potential for an onslaugh... (more)