10 June 2011 16:16:58
Security concerns in cloud computing have been one of the only factors limiting the new technology's uptake rate among organizations, and a recent article from BusinessCloud9 offered an outline of some of the key points.
Addressing authentication, protection and multitenancy concerns will be paramount for cloud service providers, according to BusinessCloud9, and those that get it right before the competition could realize a significant advantage.
Having security built into most offerings - providing Security as a Service, in effect - is a great way for companies to differentiate their products from the herd. The article said that the creation of personal digital identities for users that are persistent and follow them across multiple devices is a substantial value-add.
BusinessCloud9 also noted that there are industry-specific cloud security issues - such as patient privacy in the healthcare sector, for example - that must also be addressed.
The process of combining the flexibility and efficiency of the cloud with secure and reliable access is a crucial one for enterprise IT, experts say, and companies must focus on smoothly integrating those aspects of the cloud.
-McAfee Cloud Security