Still skeptical on cloud security

Just got back from this year’s EMC World in Boston. It was a good show, but there was one negative for me.


EMC and its RSA security division keeps hammering home the idea that a private/public cloud-based IT infrastructure can have the potential to be even more secure than today’s traditional data centres.


RSA chief Art Coviello stressed to journalists at the conference that the rise of the cloud is giving developers the chance to bake security in from the start. He called it a “security do-over.”


I call “marketing hype” on that one.


Back when I spoke with RSA last year, an executive told me that RSA added that cloud security will not be tied to OSs, networks, and applications as an afterthought anymore, as security protocols can be built into the virtualization layer. This will embed security policies deep into the technology stack and spread them throughout the cloud.


But as I argued at that time, I still don’t see how this demonstrates the cloud’s great potential to surpass our current levels of data centre security.


I stick by my thoughts, which you can read here. Also be sure to check out RSA’s rebuttal to my column here.

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