I will be speaking at GigaOm Structure: Europe in London on 18/19September.
I am available for analyst briefings all day Wednesday 18th September. You can make an appointment to speak with me through the GigaOmPro client services team .
On Thursday 19th September at 11:20am, I will hosting a panel – MISSION NOT SO IMPOSSIBLE: A TRULY SECURE CLOUD?
Mission Not So Impossible: A Truly Secure Cloud ?
The nature of cloud computing is that our data or workloads are out there, beyond our purview. Given that, can that data be truly safe from the bad guys? Or is it actually as safe or safer than it was in our ageing in-house server rooms and data centres?
I have an esteemed panel of guests who are much smarter than I am:
Joe Baguley – CTO, EMEA, VMware
Gavan Egan – VP Sales, Verizon Terremark Europe
Adrienne Hall – GM, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
Hila Meller – Head of Security Strategy EMEA, CA Technologies
Here is my panel opening for the discussion (just to set the tone):
It’s my view that IT Security remains a rabble of unruly teenagers who organise “security conferences” that focus on picking padlocks, debating whose beard or ponytail is better or which martial art/fitness program is cooler. We are all too familiar with the security caricature of the loser CISO or Security Architect who attempts to prevent everything or turn it into a beat up.
Lets face it, IT Security lacks any serious corporate credibility. The sheer risk that IT Security presents to companies remains uninsurable, unpredictable and, apparently, unpreventable. We have seen repeated breaches, thefts, and high profile exposures. All this while our security vendors and thought leaders make ever bigger claims about security being “a process” and evolving to meet “next generation” threats that look suspiciously like old ones but with scarier names like “Advanced Persistent Threats” instead of just “Threat”.
In the era of the cloud, customers need assurance that their cloud providers have solved the security problems and are doing better than in-house security. Of course, a cloud provider always says yes to a credit card, refuses to expose their security processes or procedures because “thats security policy” while holding forth their enchanted anti-disclosure talismans of “certifications” and “audit”. The fine print on the contract means that customers still take the most of the security risk even if they don’t realise it.
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