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[Adopted from my BLOG December 2009] Lately in the IT community all the hype is on Cloud Computing. We have small start-ups offering several variations of Cloud services as well as some of the established big players (Google, Amazon, IBM, Novell (aimed at cloud service providers),Sun) stepping up their offerings of cloud services. But what exactly is Cloud Computing? Is it Virtualization? Is it services that we accessed via a web browser over the years, something totally new, or is it all of these,but  just rebranded? The term Cloud Computing started gaining traction when Google and IBM launched a university initiative to address internet scale computing back in 2007. These services has been evolving since the 90s and its previous incarnations can be said to be Grid and Utility computing and the Software as a Service offerings we saw around a decade ago. Cloud Compu... (more)

To Cloud or Not to Cloud

I've been asked quite a few times, "when will it be a good time to get into cloud computing?" by potential clients. My answer is typically it depends... I know, I know.... not much direction there, but really it all depends. Why ? Well, some may state, "we all know of the much beaten security concerns, and we will ensure that systems on our end are secured and synced to work in tandem with the vendors' security." Can one ensure some degree of monitoring by the implementation of an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) residing within the system hosting the gateway into the cloud? The... (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)

A Walk Through Cloud Expo

Last Wednesday I had the distinct honor of being part of one of Jeremy Geelan's Panel of Expert segments at the 7th International Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. To be honest, when I got the email, despite the pleasure of being considered to present my trade, I was not too excited about visiting another series of booths and presentations that was more of the same. It's been two years since my last visit to a technology trade show, I know... I know...what was I thinking ?! Imagine my loss from not participating in the deluge of suave marketing and sales pitches that comes around severa... (more)

The Impact of the Cloud on Digital Forensics - Part 1

Digital Forensics is not an elephant, it is a process and not just one process, but a group of tasks and processes in investigation. Examiners now perform targeted examinations using forensic tools and databases of known files, selecting specific files and data types for review while ignoring files of irrelevant type and content. Despite the application of sophisticated tools, the forensic process still relies on the examiner's knowledge of the technical aspects of the specimen and understanding of the case and the law - Mark Pollitt. As has been established from articles by var... (more)