Welcome!

Cloud Security Authors: Pat Romanski, Mehdi Daoudi, Kevin Jackson, Liz McMillan, John Walsh

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Cloud Security, @DXWorldExpo

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

Ski Helmets, Seat Belts, and Encryption By @Chvrles | @CloudExpo #Cloud

While encryption is clearly a security measure, it’s also an enabler of speed

What Do Ski Helmets, Seat Belts, and Encryption Have in Common?
By Charles Goldberg

Ski helmets, seat belts, and encryption. What comes to your mind when you read these words?

You may immediately think “safety,” and you’d be right, but how about “speed enablers”? At first blush, that may not be the first concept that comes to mind, but there’s a pretty compelling case to be made for this as another common theme.

Let me give you a couple fun examples, starting with ski helmets. During the winter of 2002/2003 researchers studied different factors, and how they affect skier and snow boarder speed. One of the variables examined was “use or not of helmet”. The authors measured the speed of 650 individuals at three different US ski resorts and found the average speed for helmet users (28.4 MPH) was significantly higher than those not using a helmet (25.4 MPH).

Of ski helmets seat belts and encryption

In my blog-writing research, I found seat belts even more interesting. While the first seat belts were installed by automobile manufacturers in the 1950s, seat belt use remained very low until the 1980s. From 1984 through 1987, seat belt use increased from 14 percent to 42 percent. This increase was the direct result of the passage of seat belt laws in 31 states. In fact, the safety improvement that resulted from increased seat belt use was so substantial that it played a significant role in Congress’ decision to raise the national speed limit from 55 MPH to 65 MPH in 1987 and 1988.

So what does all this have to do with encryption? While encryption is clearly a security measure, it’s also an enabler of speed. When your data’s secure, you can more quickly and confidently take advantage of new services because you’re not hampered or unnerved by risk.

A recent survey has offered some interesting results that pertain directly to the adoption and uses of encryption in corporate America. The survey, entitled Encryption as an Enterprise Strategy, was published by IANS, the leading provider of in-depth security insights and decision support delivered through research, community, and consulting. The paper was written by Dave Shackleford, an IANS faculty member and SANS analyst. It is definitely worth a read to see what your peers are thinking and to gain insight from Dave’s analysis. The survey focused on the concept of protecting data that is meant to be internal to an organization, that is, not to be divulged publicly. I’ll give you a quick glimpse into the results.

100 IT decision makers were surveyed. When they were asked to cite their reasons for encrypting data, here were the responses:

Reasons for encrypting

I find it very interesting that in every data security survey that I have seen in 2015, “Preventing data breaches,” or similar answers, have consistently been more commonly cited as a driver than compliance. This is a very striking contrast to a few years ago, when respondents would typically say in effect “I have to encrypt because the auditor says so.” As a consumer, it gives me hope that business leaders are starting to think seriously about protecting the personal data that they are entrusted with.

The survey also looked at specific encryption approaches. Respondents are implementing a wide variety of encryption technologies to solve a lot of tough challenges and address many different use cases:

Use cases for encryption

The big response for network encryption makes sense. We all use SSL and IPsec. But why is FDE usage in the data center is so high? I hope that the security teams aren’t making that decision, because, silly rabbit, FDE is for laptops, not data centers! (Let me know if you’re under 40 and you get the Trix reference). You can find a good analysis of this topic in a recent paper by Aberdeen analyst Derek Brink. Also, see my previous blog: Don’t let your storage team be your company’s Justin Bieber.

Whether you’re in the camp that sees FDE in the data center as valuable or not, there is definitely a lot of data being encrypted, and for a lot of good reasons. When IANS asked “has your organization considered encrypting everything,” the answer was a resounding “yes”. Eighty-four percent of respondents indicated that they had considered implementing a security strategy of encrypting all sensitive data. Dave dug into this concept in this report and found “encrypt all data” implied that all “sensitive” data would be encrypted.

Discovering and encrypting all sensitive data is a strategy for ensuring protection of these assets, whether they’re found within the data center or in cloud environments. But Dave goes on to discuss the rub, describing how discovering “all” sensitive data is very expensive, time consuming, and a largely imperfect effort. Therefore, establishing a default policy of encrypting all data that is meant for “internal use” can significantly and immediately reduce risk and accelerate deployments.

IANS finds that despite the challenges (real or perceived) with encrypting everything, the idea nonetheless remains compelling, as this type of security approach could significantly reduce the risk of sensitive data theft and exposure. In fact, IANS is seeing a definitive shift toward encryption as a strategic activity versus a tactical one, with many employing widespread and far-reaching encryption policies across the entire organization.

“Could encrypting everything result in a more simplified strategy for security technology, saving costs and improving security posture now and in the future? The idea is compelling, and the majority of security leaders we questioned felt that this could be a good idea. Currently, IANS recommends that organizations look at encryption more strategically, potentially exploring an ‘encrypt everything’ approach now or in the near future.”

Encrypting everything makes a lot of sense if you want your business to go faster. If you want to accelerate your use of the cloud, you can save a lot of time by encrypting the data first, instead of getting into an analysis-paralysis struggle in figuring out which data to encrypt. Want to move faster into big data analytics, but have concerns about sensitive data mixing in the data lake? Encrypt or tokenize those columns of data before it is allowed to enter the big data environment. Worried about outsourcing your data to an analytics firm? Have them encrypt the analytic nodes and all the reports, while you hold the cryptographic keys. In these cases and many others, the reality is that you can move faster with encryption.

Future Vormetric blogs will be exploring the “encrypt everything” strategy further, examining different use cases, approaches, and trade-offs. But for now, I’ll ask, could you imagine not wearing your seat belt when taking a drive in your car? While drivers in the 1970s may not have considered wearing a seatbelt, today buckling in is second nature. Would you allow your children to start skiing or snowboarding without wearing a helmet? A few years ago, I started wearing a helmet when skiing to set a good example for my kids. Now I can’t imagine skiing without one. I believe the same thing is happening with data. It won’t be long before IT professionals wouldn’t consider leaving internal data unencrypted any more than they would consider driving home without wearing a seat belt.

I’m going to end this blog with one more crazy observation.   Most of the states that were aggressive in passing seat belt laws in the mid-80s, including California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, are the same states that were aggressive in passing security breach notification laws in the mid 2000s. Many of the states that didn’t pass seat belt legislation until the 90’s, including Alabama, Alaska, Massachusetts, Mississippi, South Dakota, and West Virginia, were equally behind the curve on creating breach notification laws. The take away? Use your safety equipment wisely to reduce risk and move faster. You don’t have to wait for your lawyers to insist on it.

The post What Do Ski Helmets, Seat Belts, and Encryption Have in Common? appeared first on Data Security Blog | Vormetric.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Vormetric Blog

Vormetric (@Vormetric) is the industry leader in data security solutions that span physical, big data and cloud environments. Data is the new currency and Vormetric helps over 1400 customers, including 17 of the Fortune 30 and many of the world’s most security conscious government organizations, to meet compliance requirements and protect what matters — their sensitive data — from both internal and external threats. The company’s scalable Vormetric Data Security Platform protects any file, any database and any application’s data —anywhere it resides — with a high performance, market-leading data security platform that incorporates application transparent encryption, privileged user access controls, automation and security intelligence.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, introduced two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a multip...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
It is of utmost importance for the future success of WebRTC to ensure that interoperability is operational between web browsers and any WebRTC-compliant client. To be guaranteed as operational and effective, interoperability must be tested extensively by establishing WebRTC data and media connections between different web browsers running on different devices and operating systems. In his session at WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Alex Gouaillard, CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, presented ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
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...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
An increasing number of companies are creating products that combine data with analytical capabilities. Running interactive queries on Big Data requires complex architectures to store and query data effectively, typically involving data streams, an choosing efficient file format/database and multiple independent systems that are tied together through custom-engineered pipelines. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Tomer Levi, a senior software engineer at Intel’s Advanced Analytics gr...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things’). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing? IoT is not about the devices, it’s about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. In his session at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo | DXWor...
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader Sergey Grebnov provided an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Google Cloud has been named “Keynote Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Companies come to Google Cloud to transform their businesses. Google Cloud’s comprehensive portfolio – from infrastructure to apps to devices – helps enterprises innovate faster, scale smarter, stay secure, and do more with data than ever before.