15 September 2011 16:50:42
Though the cloud computing industry has achieved much success and widespread use in its first few years of operation, security concerns continue to be the biggest hindrance to broader adoption of the technology. CSO Online recently published an article explaining that the management of firewalls in the cloud is slightly more complex than IT practices of the past.
According to the website, the use of third-party security services has proved useful to many companies, as reports have shown a relative ineptitude of upper level management when it comes to cloud computing processes.
"Cloud, in many ways, is making firewall management more complicated as enterprises find that they have to keep certain ports open just to manage their server security," a VP of a leading cloud security firm explained to the website.
The source affirms that a firewall that works to only grant temporary access to information in the cloud may be the best way of keeping defense mechanisms effective. This way, constant and necessary adjustments to firewalls become commonplace, and effectively defend against security threats in a more comprehensive and adaptable fashion.
This past summer, Executive Biz revealed a study that found 43 percent of IT professionals surveyed listed cloud security as the biggest impediment to more widespread adoption of the technology.
-McAfee Cloud Security