Welcome!

.NET Authors: Jayaram Krishnaswamy, Elizabeth White, Sematext Blog, ITinvolve Blog, Aditya Banerjee

Blog Feed Post

Private vs Public Cloud Security: Top Security Issues

public vs private cloud public cloud security cloud security issues  private vs public cloud security Private vs Public Cloud Security: Top Security IssuesSo, you think your five year old private cloud security is stronger than a public Infrastructure as a Service cloud (like AWS, HP, and Microsoft Azure)? Think again.

The reality is that a public cloud provider is likely investing more in infrastructure security and P3 (People, Process, Products) than your organization.

Does that mean that you can safely move your data to a public IaaS cloud? Not necessarily.

Any public cloud vendor will tell you off the bat that public cloud security requires a “shared responsibility” model.

It is confusing: on one hand, we tell you that public cloud security is likely safer, while on the other, we tell you it’s not necessarily safe to migrate to a public cloud. So let’s get down to details and clear up the confusion.

Private Cloud Security vs Public Cloud Security Comparison

Most enterprises are strategically looking at public clouds, while nurturing (and sometimes extending) the corporate private cloud. There are many reasons for that approach, but when it comes to data security, hardening and securing each cloud type is a fundamentally different task.

Private clouds are more secure in the sense that your servers and data are guarded behind the walls of a location managed and hopefully guarded by the enterprise. But implementing and maintaining the IT security is a daunting and resource-intensive task. You’ll need to build and maintain perimeter security, application security, and operating systems security. You must educate your employees. You will require IT personnel to handle the workload.

In a public infrastructure cloud, the responsibility for physical access, virtualization level security, and standardization is shifted to the cloud provider (who actually does a great job most of the time). You, the customer, are still responsible for operating system security, application security, and complying with specific regulatory standards such as HIPAA and PCI.

The cloud key management dilemma

As a cloud encryption vendor, we’re often asked about the “value” of cloud encryption. Cloud encryption can be cheap (if your cloud provider manages the encryption keys). But cheap encryption is, most times, insecure. Also, cheap encryption raises compliance issues as you allow someone else to manage the encryption keys for you.

The alternative, traditional way of encrypting, takes you back to the “pre-cloud” days by managing encryption keys yourself using Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). An HSM is certainly a highly secure option for key management; but, in a cloud (private or public), HSMs are challenged with two major issues.

  1. HSMs limits many of the cloud benefits, specifically around auto provisioning, orchestration and geographic dispersion (after all – it is hardware)
  2. The encryption keys are insecure the moment they leave to the cloud (to encrypt a disk or any other cloud resource).
  3. Needless to say, HSMs are far more expensive.

Now, let’s leave the dilemma in the past and look to the future for a solution.

The future – cloud encryption stronger than hardware

There’s a need for a fresh, fundamentally new approach to cloud encryption.

To deal with the complexity of cloud encryption while not compromising the enterprise trust, companies like Porticor Cloud Security leverage innovative cloud encryption techniques like split-key encryption and homomorphic key management (read more about it in this white paper).

These technologies enable public cloud customers to consume encryption as a service, without compromising the security of the encryption keys. As illustrated in this short video, split-key encryption is based on the concept used by Swiss banks’ safety deposit boxes: two owners hold keys, and only the combination of both keys can open or lock a safe.

Porticor splits the encryption key in half, providing one half for the customer, and keeping the second half with the “banker” – a Porticor key management service. Using split-key encryption technologies, no “secrets” are stored in the cloud key management system, as the Porticor’s key management system holds only half of the secret (half of the encryption key), and the cloud customer holds the second half.

Better Security in the Cloud

To declare a winner in the private cloud vs public cloud security rivalry would be remiss. In fact, better security is not a question of which cloud type you pick. Your data and applications can be totally secure in a private cloud, with an HSM and IT personnel to properly build, update, and maintain your security protocol. But that security may come at a higher price.

In the pubic cloud, because the provider maintains part of the security responsibility, the financial burden of securing your apps and data is lessened. However, you still share the responsibility and must not take your part lightly. If you take the proper precautions with your data encryption keys, you can be totally secure (and, as an added bonus, compliant with regulations and restrictions) in a public cloud too.

The post Private vs Public Cloud Security: Top Security Issues appeared first on Porticor Cloud Security.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Gilad Parann-Nissany

Gilad Parann-Nissany, Founder and CEO at Porticor is a pioneer of Cloud Computing. He has built SaaS Clouds for medium and small enterprises at SAP (CTO Small Business); contributing to several SAP products and reaching more than 8 million users. Recently he has created a consumer Cloud at G.ho.st - a cloud operating system that delighted hundreds of thousands of users while providing browser-based and mobile access to data, people and a variety of cloud-based applications. He is now CEO of Porticor, a leader in Virtual Privacy and Cloud Security.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things" (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In his General Session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Dave Wagstaff, Vice President and Chief Architect at BSQUARE Corporation, discuss the real benefits to focus on, how to understand the requirements of a successful solution, the flow of ...
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
In this Women in Technology Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO at MetraTech; Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems; Seema Jethani, Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; Anne Hungate, Senior Director of Software Quality at DIRECTV, discussed what path they took to find their spot within the technology industry and how do they see opportunities for other women in their area of expertise.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
Wearable devices have come of age. The primary applications of wearables so far have been "the Quantified Self" or the tracking of one's fitness and health status. We propose the evolution of wearables into social and emotional communication devices. Our BE(tm) sensor uses light to visualize the skin conductance response. Our sensors are very inexpensive and can be massively distributed to audiences or groups of any size, in order to gauge reactions to performances, video, or any kind of presentation. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Jocelyn Scheirer, CEO & Founder of Bionolux, will discuss ho...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...