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Over the last three weeks due to the nature of my IT security job, I have traveled through major airports at least eight times. With all the commotion recently regarding the airports new back-scatter X-ray machines (privacy, health, etc.) I wanted a firsthand look/feel at this experience. While I am sensitive to and an advocate for issues of privacy regarding persons with medical conditions and children, at 15 pounds overweight I don't think any airport security personnel will take pleasure in looking at a scanned image of me. Far from it, I hope I don't give them any nightmares. I was "chosen" for the opportunity at a major northeastern airport and I must state that the screener was courteous and very professional during the entire process, which lasted about 15 -20 seconds. I had to wait an additional 30 seconds for verification, I assume, and then was told with a... (more)

Risk and Its Impact on Security Within the Cloud - Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed risk, security and cloud computing at a high level. Having been a part of design teams as a contributor as well as project manager to include security and assessment team management over the last few years, I still find the same security concerns and issues directed at the cloud. Here is my take on a few of them with respect to a private cloud environment. Remember a private cloud can be housed within the infrastructure of a service provider (more cost effective for you) or within your own in-house network. Some of these thoughts can be translated into the ... (more)

Introducing Cloud Computing: A Gentle Overview

[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 a... (more)

Live Forensics and the Cloud

Cloud Computing offers a sense of "vastness" in terms of storage and remote processing. According to Simpson Garfinkil, a major challenge to any digital forensics investigator investigating data within the cloud; can be an inability to locate or identify data or code that is lost when single data structures are split into elements. This in effect directly impacts forensic visibility. Within this ecosystem a major concern can be access to and the preservation of data within an on-going digital forensic investigation. Of consideration as mentioned in Part 1 - is that in a live and ... (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)