Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:52:50 PM
As a plethora of high profile data breaches have caught the eye of the public, as well as that of federal agencies from around the world, IT companies continue to try and find ways of improving information security on the in internet. The IT industry has banded together, in many ways, to collectively improve security in mobile and cloud computing technology.
According to a release from the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, an organization that specializes in web-based business and IT security certifications, digital forensics training may decrease the number of malware and hacker incidences. The training, which the EC-Council offers, could help battle the growing amount of online security breaches.
The organization notes more people are using mobile devices and cloud computing services now than ever before, while many industry experts project both industries to expand exponentially.
For example, the International Data Corporation projects the cloud to grow from a 600,000 unit, $3.8 billion industry in 2010 to 1.3 million units and $6.4 billion by 2014. This represents a growing need for perpetually strengthened cloud security practices and constantly refined security software to ensure the safety of sensitive personal information and reduce risks of identity theft.
In the release, the EC-Council recommends digital forensics training for cloud computing professionals, as well as individual and enterprise members who use the technology.
Some experts have suggested security may be strengthened through cloud computing services - a thought that could lead to higher revenues and adoption rates for industry players, as many executives feel security is the top concern when considering cloud computing adoption.
If training continues to improve the practices of individuals, this would also likely lead to far fewer instances of malware and data breach, as a high rate of these costly incidences are caused by human error. The Identity Theft Resource Center reported that 15 percent of data breaches in 2010 were the result of human error, while another 17 percent were caused by malicious attacks.
Coupled with ever-evolving cloud security software and the ability to keep higher amounts of information from more distant places in one centralized source, data protection in the cloud could prove superior.
Additionally, the Cloud Security Alliance, a non-profit organization comprised of cloud industry executives, recently announced it would unveil the Security, Trust and Assurance Registry before year's end. STAR will work as a guide to standardize practices within the industry, and for potential cloud adopters to assess the specifications of each provider's operations.
-McAfee Cloud Security