07 June 2011 08:14:24
Much of the common concern about cloud computing security is relatively unfounded, according to one industry authority.
Garry Sidaway, director of security strategy at IT security firm Integralis, said in a recent interview with Computerworld UK that switching to the cloud is no less secure than outsourcing any other service. By now, according to Sidaway, security in the cloud is well defined, and should be strong enough for any company to trust it.
“The security challenges of the cloud aren’t new,” Sidaway told Computerworld UK. “We understand what we should be doing, and we should not treat cloud as a completely different environment. We understand we need to protect it and there are hard rules and key concepts which we can still apply.”
In fact, security improvements are one of the main benefits of making a proper migration to the cloud, Sidaway added. First, companies must select the right services to migrate, and do so fully to avoid any mix-up between cloud and legacy applications, he said.
“That helps reduce costs, simplify overall information security and makes it easier to manage,” Sidaway explained.
Security improvements may be driving the increased attention toward the cloud. A study conducted by Easynet Global Services found 49 percent of responding CIOs plan to increase spending on cloud services this year.
-McAfee Cloud Security