Enterprise Florida Inc.(EFI) is the official statewide economic development organization for the state of Florida. EFI partnered with respected industry analysts to produce this white paper on designing security for a new age. EFI helps infotech companies, as well as other companies in innovative industries, locate, expand and start up in Florida, where the software/computer systems design and integration industry is one of the largest in the U.S, with some 12,600 firms.Nearly half of the 75,750 professionals who work in the field are employed by software development firms, with the rest working in related technology-intensive industries throughout the state. EFI is a public-private partnership with a mission to diversify Florida's economy and create better-paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping to create businesses in innovative, high-growth industries, including infotech, homeland security/defense, clean energy, life sciences,

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Whitepaper: Securing the Cloud: Designing Security for a New Age

by eFloridaDec 10, 2009

�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.