Securing the Cloud: Designing Security for a New Age
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Overview: Increasingly, businesses of all sizes are choosing to migrate their data, applications and services to the cloud. The advantages are clear--increased availability, lightweight, easily accessible applications, lower maintenance and administrative costs--but so too are the risks. As data migrates to the cloud, it becomes a tantalizing target for malicious actors all over the world. IT administrators and CEOs may love the fact that their applications are now accessible from anywhere but may not realize that this is as true for hackers as for users.
As a developer of cloud-based solutions, your task is to provide your customers with applications that embody all of the conveniences of cloud computing while avoiding the most common security pitfalls associated with such products. Make no mistake: This is no short order. Cloud applications are inherently more vulnerable, though data in the cloud can be protected by implementing robust security mechanisms. The most successful developers have adopted a sort of "enlightened paranoia," building security into their products at the design stage. By doing the same, you'll be able to deliver all of the advantages of cloud computing to your customers with none of the headaches.
In this whitepaper, we'll provide you with concrete security lessons gleaned from leaders in the field of cloud security. All of the executives that we spoke with work for companies based in the state of Florida, where a cluster of forward-looking security and application development companies is quickly emerging.