Just How Secure Is the Cloud?

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May 5 (Bloomberg) –- In today’s “Cloud Cover,” McAfee Asia Pacific Chief Technology Officer Sean Duca discusses building a secure cloud environment with Mia Saini on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Welcome to "cloud cover," our take on cloud computing.

When deciding to entrust all or part of your company data to a third party, the safety of that information is of paramount importance.

It is the number one concern companies have about cloud computing.

Of course, fears of a lack of privacy and security.

Those findings are borne out around the world as well.

The main reason companies are not moving to the cloud security concerns.

That is according to change wave research.

More than half of the large-sized companies and approximately one third of the smaller-medium-size companies site security as their primary concern.

And concerns about security are not increasing.

They are not decreasing as well.

25% of companies expressed concern in 2011. this increased to 42% last year.

To get more on what is happening in the security space as it pertains to the cloud is the chief technology officer.

You highlight that there are three concerns, three threats that are going to be facing the cloud this year.

What are they?

The biggest thing is more focused around any a potential data breach or data loss that may take race.

-- take place.

Moving information to the cloud is first and foremost.

People tend to think about when is it stored, how -- about how do i protect that, where is it stored?

We have seen an increase in vulnerability lays -- in vulnerabilities being probed.

How do you know if one is more secure than another?

If i want to go to the best hotel, i look at the ratings.

A five-star hotel means i will get the best service.

Is there anything like that in the cloud security space?

There is affiliate case for going out and see what the cloud service provider can offer, what kind of security controls they awful -- they offer.

There are organizations or alliances that have been formed to ensure you can go through a checklist to work at if this is a good cloud service provider that i should be going out there and what are the risks around that.

How do you ensure your clients that the cloud is secure and safe?

The biggest thing is it is more a case that the cloud is different from any security technology.

It's more of a case how do we start to leverage existing policies.

It's more of a case of ensuring do i actually have the right capability in place today?

When moving onto the cloud, what types of information are they using?

Have they gone through a data classification process to and -- to ensure that the information they put out there is personally identifiable or is it for the domain available?

Your company's reputation hinges on your ability to protect consumers.

But that is challenged by technological advances and the savviness of hackers.

How do you stay nimble?

That is an interesting challenge.

We are constantly looking at what are the cyber criminals, what are they actually doing?

We are closely other turned to look at what potential vulnerabilities are.

At the same time, try to provide capabilities and assurances that they can start to apply the best practices and applying policies and technology as well.

Technology is just changing so quickly.

The old way of analyzing all the threats and throwing them into an antivirus database no longer holds.

How do you use the cloud to help with this type of protection?

The best way is -- we obviously leverage the cloud ourselves.

The biggest thing from our perspective is embedding a lot of intelligence and the cloud.

We try to look at how do we start to leverage the capability the cloud and use the transverse mentality by turning on every one of our pieces of technology as a sensor to feed all of the intelligence information.

One organization can share that information with everyone else out there and that is how we try to keep up.

We can start to get more thatof that real-time capability.

What if a cloud provider gets hacked?

The worst-case scenario is what information did you actually have up there in that specific cloud service provider?

What is the potential data loss or breach?

It's more of a case of understanding what you put up there, what.

Is the likely impact.

. -- what is the likely impact?

Have we now given the keys to the kingdom a way to potentially a cyber criminal?

In my research, i found this term, a dark cloud.

Explain that time and what the industry potential is for that.

Do you anticipate more threats to the cloud more than ever this year?

The biggest thing with the dark cloud is more around -- we have seen cyber clouds leveraging, creating their own capabilities where you can start to leverage our platform to start to launch service attacks

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