Welcome!

Cloud Security Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Ravi Rajamiyer, Ed Featherston

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Containers Expo Blog, Cloud Security

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

One-Click Cloud Data Security

Cloud providers are in the midst of a transition

We’ve always had a close relationship with cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services and Red Hat OpenShift. Lately we have been hearing from an ever wider spectrum of the cloud provider industry, and their cloud data security requirements show a pattern.

Providers need to differentiate themselves in a competitive market, and they need to ensure high security standards. Cloud data security is a must have, but it’s also something that requires expertise.

Cloud providers are in the midst of a transition
Cloud providers are facing a market in transition, from the hosting model to the cloud model. Many of them have already invested in virtualization, during the previous wave of innovation. Popular choices have been VMware, XEN, and KVM.

Now they are rolling out the next generation of cloud infrastructure and platform solutions. Both private and public cloud offerings are in scope, and we are seeing both homogenous technology stacks and mixed stacks. For example, while some cloud providers we talk to are VMware shops, others are mixing a management tool from one vendor with a virtualization solution from another.

One click Cloud Data Security

The motive is the huge success of cloud solutions with customers. Customers like the pay-as-you-go economics of cloud; they like the flexibility and elasticity even better. Being able to get 1 or 100 servers in minutes, 10GB or 10TB whenever you like, and to give them back whenever you like; these values are driving the entire market.

No compromise on cloud data security
Whatever their strategy, all the providers are quoting their customers, who cannot compromise on cloud data security. The motives may vary; for some it is regulatory compliance, while for others it may be the brand value or sensitivity of data.

As a result, some customers will bring only less sensitive data to the cloud, which limits the benefits of cloud to less sensitive projects. This is typical of transition, but everybody is looking for answers that will be appropriate for more sensitive data.

No one wants to compromise between the flexibility of cloud and the sensitivity of their data. Tradeoffs are not possible. If customers perceive their data to be sensitive, they demand a solution which offers both the full flexibility of cloud and the level of security required by the data.

Data at rest does require a revolution in Cloud Encryption
Data at rest is one of the trickiest issues, as perceived by customers. They are moving their data out of the four walls of the data center, as it were, and into an environment where they themselves will manage their disks using a browser.

Customers express the following concern: if I manage my disk through a browser, than a hacker might too (heaven forbid). As well-known security analyst Rich Mogul once blogged, “Anyone with access to your management plane (with sufficient rights) can snapshot a volume and move it around; It only takes 2-3 command lines to snapshot a drive off to object storage, make it public, and then load it up in a hostile environment”.

The universal answer is cloud encryption, and cloud encryption does work. Well known encryption algorithms like AES-256 or Blowfish can protect data. But like all buzz words, it pays to look closer.

The fly in the ointment is, where do you keep the cloud encryption keys? There are no good answers, though several have tried.

Some opinions suggest that vendors will keep the keys for you; which requires you trust them. Hmmm. Are there other approaches?

Some opinions suggest “trust no one”; an appealing message for the security conscious customer. They further suggest you take your encryption keys back with you to your data center. This is not perfect for the customer, as they have to pay and maintain a physical key management infrastructure in-house. Remember, they went to the cloud to get away from that.

It’s also not a perfect option for cloud providers because it’s contrary to their business model. Imagine a provider telling a customer “don’t trust me”.

Finally, some customer scenarios simply break if you require installation in a physical data center. Imagine a disaster recovery scenario that still requires “just a little bit” of the data center to continue functioning. Imagine an ISV who has staked their future on a pure cloud approach.

These are business cases which require new thinking.

Cloud data security requirements
Thinking all these problems through, the only real solution is cloud encryption with cloud key management that:

  • Allows customers to literally trust no one, yet without needing a physical data center
  • Provides military grade security
  • Works 100% in the cloud, and can be provisioned in well-built cloud data centers
  • Provides all the cloud values: “one click” solutions that are up in minutes, flexible and elastic

Quite a tall order… Cloud providers are discovering you cannot tack on such capabilities, you must design for them.

Porticor’s split-key encryption, built for homomorphic key encryption, was designed from the ground up to tackle these requirements. This solution packages a great deal of complexity into a cloud encryption and cloud key management solution that comes up in minutes, and allows the customer to trust no one.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Gilad Parann-Nissany

Gilad Parann-Nissany, Founder and CEO at Porticor is a pioneer of Cloud Computing. He has built SaaS Clouds for medium and small enterprises at SAP (CTO Small Business); contributing to several SAP products and reaching more than 8 million users. Recently he has created a consumer Cloud at G.ho.st - a cloud operating system that delighted hundreds of thousands of users while providing browser-based and mobile access to data, people and a variety of cloud-based applications. He is now CEO of Porticor, a leader in Virtual Privacy and Cloud Security.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Everywhere we turn in our industry we can find strong opinions about the direction, type and nature of cloud’s impact on computing and business. Another word that is used in every context in our industry is “hybrid.” In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Alvaro Gonzalez, Director of Technical, Partner and Field Marketing at Peak 10, will use a combination of a few conceptual props and some research recently commissioned by Peak 10 to offer a real-world consideration of how the various categories of...
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale, a global pure play Infrastructure as a Service provider and strategic partner of Dassault Systèmes, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2010, Outscale simplifies infrastructure complexities and boosts the business agility of its customers. Outscale delivers a secure, reliable and industrial strength solution for its customers, which in...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company’s latest innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus intern...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling sm...
In his opening keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Michael Maximilien, Research Scientist, Architect, and Engineer at IBM, will motivate why realizing the full potential of the cloud and social data requires artificial intelligence. By mixing Cloud Foundry and the rich set of Watson services, IBM's Bluemix is the best cloud operating system for enterprises today, providing rapid development and deployment of applications that can take advantage of the rich catalog of Watson services to help drive insigh...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP Integration will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EARP Integration is a passionate software house. Since its inception in 2009 the company successfully delivers smart solutions for cities and factories that start their digital transformation. EARP provides bespoke solutions like, for example, advanced enterprise portals, business intelligence systems an...
Existing Big Data solutions are mainly focused on the discovery and analysis of data. The solutions are scalable and highly available but tedious when swapping in and swapping out occurs in disarray and thrashing takes place. The resolution for thrashing through machine learning algorithms and support nomenclature is through simple techniques. Organizations that have been collecting large customer data are increasingly seeing the need to use the data for swapping in and out and thrashing occurs ...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assis...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs oft...
The 21st International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Interoute is the owner operator of Europe's largest network and a global cloud services platform, which encompasses over 70,000 km of lit fiber, 15 data centers, 17 virtual data centers and 33 colocation centers, with connections to 195 additional partner data centers. Our full-service Unifie...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs ofte...