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Logs in the Cloud – Why Cloud Security is More of the Same

Posted March 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

One of the blogs we like to read is the so called “Security Warrior”, who recently wrote a great summary and counterargument to a discussion on logging in the cloud that includes links to some of the industry’s back and forth.

The heart of the matter really is – are logs in the cloud any different than traditional logs? A matter raised by suggested standard for logging that’s specifically for the cloud.  He discusses how logs in the cloud are the same, but also different – an oxymoron we support.

We’ve covered how cloud security is the top issue in the cloud, yet few organizations are doing much about it. And how the cloud requires new models for the same security best practices.

Nothing’s changed about privileged access, but now you need to extend that to the hypervisor; Nothing’s changed about setting and enforcing policy, but now you need to do that across cloud vendors; Nothing’s changed about logs, but now we need to do keystroke logging and log privileged activity across cloud vendors, hypervisors and organizations.

Part of the reason there’s so much insecurity (pardon the pun) about security in the cloud, is this idea that we need to start over from scratch; that security needs to be reinvented for the cloud. But in most cases we just need to extend what was already in place to the cloud and – as much as we can – our cloud vendors.

So when you start thinking about cloud security and whether the organization is doing everything they should be, just start with – are we doing everything we used to but in the cloud?

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