cloud computing

SaaS vendors, customers, finding new ways to secure the cloud

Rogue employees, hackers, government employees all threats to keeping information stored on the cloud private Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA spying may have brought the issue of cloud security to broad public attention, but some enterprise users were already concerned about how to take advantage of cloud-based applications while keeping their data safe. As a …

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Cloudy Outlook

Cloudy Does the cloud help or  hinder credit card payment  security and compliance? Depending on whom you ask, processing  credit card payments in the cloud is either  a great leap forward for security and  compliance, or a big step backward. Actually, it can be  either–depending on the type of cloud you have in  mind and …

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Open Cloud Initiative President Outlines Mission

The Open Cloud Initiative, a non-profit organization established to advocate for open standards in cloud computing, officially launched last week and announced a 30-day public comment period on its Open Cloud Principles, which are focused on interoperability, avoiding barriers to entry or exit, and ensuring technological neutrality. The principles, however, are not intended to point …

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Google’s Two-Factor Authentication More Widely Available

Google’s two-factor authentication system is now available in 150 countries and 40 languages, the company recently said. The service — which was previously available only in English — allows individual users to opt for a second login step, which sends an authorization code to an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device. Enrolment is done by the …

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How to Survive a Cloud Outage

Amazon’s infamous cloud outage in April brought down a number of popular Web sites, including foursquare and Reddit – but many of Amazon’s enterprise cloud customers were able to weather the storm without experiencing downtime. They architected their systems for resiliency by using multiple availability zones, having hot backups in traditional data centers, or having …

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Cloud Services Sustain Virtual Companies

More and more companies are going virtual, which allows employees to telecommute, work from the road, and be based anywhere on the planet. This approach saves money in office costs, improves productivity and morale, and allows the company to benefit from accessing talent in low-cost countries.

Is It Safe In The Clouds?

Earlier this month, a hacker reportedly exploited a vulnerability in an Internet-based virtualization software platform that took down more than 100,000 Web sites and other applications. “That was an intrusion that was cloud-specific–it went through a virtualized vulnerability,” said Jim Reavis, founder of the Cloud Security Alliance, an industry group representing risk managers at financial …

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