Welcome!

Cloud Security Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Cloud Security

Cloud Security: Blog Post

Snowden Gone, Ripples Remain!

Essentially, these government programs are creating nervous times for my Canadian, European and APAC customers

[Original version of this blog appeared on PandoDaily magazine.]

Though Snowden is long gone now, the ripple effects that he created are going to remain for a long time to come. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you read about the NSA surveillance programs PRISM and XKeyscoe before you continue with this article.

Essentially, these government programs are creating nervous times for my Canadian, European and APAC customers who are using US cloud providers. Given the very strict data residency and data privacy requirements to protect their citizens’ sensitive data in these parts of the world, through “guilt by association” alone, the latest incidents have implicated most corporations that move their data across boundaries. One thing is certain: these programs that are exposed because someone came out in the public. Just because a specific country’s cloud provider hasn’t been accused yet (or not found guilty) doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not doing the same thing. There is a chance that they might be doing it and have not been caught yet.

Unfortunately, the cloud community spent years alleviating the fear of moving data to the cloud by entities. Those days, the fear was about hackers and disgruntled employees/partners accidentally or willfully exposing their data. Now they need to fight an uphill battle of convincing the entities not about hackers, but about legal entities and governments.

Foreign governments are magnifying these concerns even further. Here is some classic news from Germany about setting policies and sanctioning US firms. (http://www.industryweek.com/public-policy/germany-demands-sanctions-us-firms-over-privacy-0). Though the intent might be good, the goals and net effect of such actions might be dubious at best. The cost associated with sanctioning cloud providers coupled with damage to the brands’ reputations is far greater than any benefit that might be derived from the compensation obtained.

There are reports suggesting that US cloud computing industry could lose as much as $35 billion over the next three years. (http://www.itif.org/publications/how-much-will-prism-cost-us-cloud-computing-industry.) A recent CSA survey provides an early indication of this (https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/download/government-access-to-information-survey-results/).About half of the surveys non-US respondents say they are going to move away from US clouds. But where would they go? And how can they ensure that they would be moving to is better and not from the proverbial “frying pan to the fire”?

For foreign entities, such as European corporations, choosing a cloud provider in the US can rank high on their preferred list. This is because there is a higher number of cloud providers in USA, who provide very mature solutions with very competitive pricing.  Until now, all you had to worry about was the data residency (or privacy) issue, but recent events have led everyone to worry about whether a US government agency is covertly inspecting their data.

Looking for a viable solution?  Don’t send sensitive data to the cloud. Send either encrypted garble or tokens that look like the original data.

When you encrypt the data before it leaves your perimeter, you control the fate of your data. You get to choose the encryption key, the specific algorithm, and key management. This means that you get to control “who gets to see what, when and how much.” This is really important. If anyone needs to see your sensitive information, they have to come to you rather than going to your data sitter. You control the “keys to your kingdom.”

The second option that is gaining momentum recently is “Tokenization” (or Tokenisation as it is known everywhere else). In this case you take the original sensitive data out, store it in a secure vault, and replace it with a random token that looks, feels, and acts like original data. The premise of tokenization is that “what is not there cannot be stolen.” Let hackers and governments have fun with it without knowing they have fake data.

This is where solutions such as Intel Tokenization Broker (ETB) can help. It intercepts any message that goes out, in any enterprise messaging format (structured or unstructured data), and scans for the sensitive data that is in the message, removes the sensitive data (such as credit card, personal info, health records, financial records, etc.), stores them in a safe place, and replaces them with random data that is formatted exactly as the original data. The only entity that can correlate the token to the original is you and no one else.

The solution is “touchless.” This means you don’t have to touch or modify any of your existing applications. You drop these tokenization/data protection gateways in the line of traffic, regardless of the type of traffic or type of message/data, and it will automagically sense the data based on pre-defined policies and work its magic.

Caveat Emptor: You still have to be ready when the government agency comes knocking on your door asking for this information!

The post Snowden gone, ripples remain! appeared first on Application Security.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Andy Thurai

Andy Thurai is Program Director for API, IoT and Connected Cloud with IBM, where he is responsible for solutionizing, strategizing, evangelizing, and providing thought leadership for those technologies. Prior to this role, he has held technology, architecture leadership and executive positions with Intel, Nortel, BMC, CSC, and L-1 Identity Solutions.

You can find more of his thoughts at www.thurai.net/blog or follow him on Twitter @AndyThurai.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Tapping into blockchain revolution early enough translates into a substantial business competitiveness advantage. Codete comprehensively develops custom, blockchain-based business solutions, founded on the most advanced cryptographic innovations, and striking a balance point between complexity of the technologies used in quickly-changing stack building, business impact, and cost-effectiveness. Codete researches and provides business consultancy in the field of single most thrilling innovative te...
Atmosera delivers modern cloud services that maximize the advantages of cloud-based infrastructures. Offering private, hybrid, and public cloud solutions, Atmosera works closely with customers to engineer, deploy, and operate cloud architectures with advanced services that deliver strategic business outcomes. Atmosera's expertise simplifies the process of cloud transformation and our 20+ years of experience managing complex IT environments provides our customers with the confidence and trust tha...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
Intel is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in the Silicon Valley. It is the world's second largest and second highest valued semiconductor chip maker based on revenue after being overtaken by Samsung, and is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers (PCs). Intel supplies processors for computer system manufacturers such as Apple, Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Intel also manufactu...
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understa...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
OpsRamp is an enterprise IT operation platform provided by US-based OpsRamp, Inc. It provides SaaS services through support for increasingly complex cloud and hybrid computing environments from system operation to service management. The OpsRamp platform is a SaaS-based, multi-tenant solution that enables enterprise IT organizations and cloud service providers like JBS the flexibility and control they need to manage and monitor today's hybrid, multi-cloud infrastructure, applications, and wor...
CloudEXPO has been the M&A capital for Cloud companies for more than a decade with memorable acquisition news stories which came out of CloudEXPO expo floor. DevOpsSUMMIT New York faculty member Greg Bledsoe shared his views on IBM's Red Hat acquisition live from NASDAQ floor. Acquisition news was announced during CloudEXPO New York which took place November 12-13, 2019 in New York City.
The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) provides a comprehensive framework of theory and practice in the emerging field of AI. The program delivers the foundational knowledge needed to explore both key contextual areas and complex technical applications of AI systems. Curriculum incorporates elements of data science, robotics, and machine learning-enabling you to pursue a holistic and interdisciplinary course of study while preparing for a position in AI research, operations, ...
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...