Securing the Cloud: Cloud Computer Security Techniques and Tactics

  • 6h 23m
  • Vic (J.R.) Winkler
  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books, Inc.
  • 2011

As companies turn to burgeoning cloud computing technology to streamline and save money, security is a fundamental concern. Loss of certain control and lack of trust make this transition difficult unless you know how to handle it. Securing the Cloud discusses making the move to the cloud while securing your piece of it! The cloud offers flexibility, adaptability, scalability, and in the case of security-resilience. This book details the strengths and weaknesses of securing your company's information with different cloud approaches. Attacks can focus on your infrastructure, communications network, data, or services. The author offers a clear and concise framework to secure your business' assets while making the most of this new technology.

  • Provides a sturdy and stable framework to secure your piece of the cloud, considering alternate approaches such as private vs. public clouds, SaaS vs. IaaS, and loss of control and lack of trust
  • Discusses the cloud's impact on security roles, highlighting security as a service, data backup, and disaster recovery
  • Details the benefits of moving to the cloud-solving for limited availability of space, power, and storage

About the Author

Vic (J.R.) Winkler is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, providing technical consultation to U.S. Government clients. He is a published InfoSec and cyber security researcher as well as an expert in intrusion/anomaly detection. At Sun Microsystems, Vic served as the Chief Technologist for Security for the Sun Public Cloud. He was also Chairman of the Board for the Sun Security Technology Ambassador program (presales security engineers). In 2010, he became a member of the Advisory Board for StratuScape (a Silicon Valley startup). Vic's background includes positions as an R&D principal investigator at Planning Research Corporation (PRC), where he was the lead designer and Program Manager for a trusted B1 UNIX OS. At PRC, he also conceived of and built one of the first network/host Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). Vic has over 30 years' experience in InfoSec/cyber security, cloud computing, systems and applications engineering, and IT operations and management. He has numerous technical conference publications, and as a visiting cyber security expert, Vic was the author of the Information Security policy for the Government of Malaysia.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing and Security
  • Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Security Concerns, Risk Issues, and Legal Aspects
  • Securing the Cloud—Architecture
  • Securing the Cloud—Data Security
  • Securing the Cloud—Key Strategies and Best Practices
  • Security Criteria—Building an Internal Cloud
  • Security Criteria—Selecting an External Cloud Provider
  • Evaluating Cloud Security—An Information Security Framework
  • Operating a Cloud


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