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Who’s In Charge of Cloud Security?

Posted June 1, 2011    Peter McCalister

As we have discussed before much of the way we define and implement security is driven by compliance. But despite a wide number of frameworks from COBIT to PCI those compliance standards aren’t very clear, leaving ample room for every auditor to interpret them differently.

That may be one of the reasons behind the surprising results in the recent report by the Ponemon Institute on the Security of Cloud Computing Providers that “ the majority of cloud computing providers do not consider security as one of their most important responsibilities”.

When you dive deeper into the data it shows that “cloud providers are most confident about their ability to ensure recovery from significant IT failures and ensure the physical location of data assets are in secure environments”. These are two areas where best practices and the compliance standards are well defined.

On the other hand, cloud providers are “least confident in their ability to restrict privileged user access to sensitive data”. At least part of that lack of confidence can surely be attributed to the lack of a clear definition of privileged access and what the appropriate controls are. Since many of the privileged users of a cloud system are the customer’s employees it makes sense that this has got to be an area of shared responsibility between the cloud vendor and the customer. But who should do what and ultimately who’s in charge? More on that next week.

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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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