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Securing the Cloud Connection

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UBM Tech 2 SSS Keeping the "Private" in Private Cloud I f your enterprise has resources in the cloud, the path that workers use for access may be anything but secure. And because there are so many different paths, you may require many solutions to ensure security -- or one solution with many facets. Cloud security considerations include internal ones (e.g., proper design, sufficient monitoring of activity, appropriate security software) and ex- ternal ones (protecting the pipeline to the cloud resource). Expect security concerns to increase as more enterprises choose private, public, or hybrid cloud strategies. An April 2014 RightScale survey showed that private clouds were in use by up to 65 percent of respondents, counting those who said they use both private and public clouds along with those who said they use private clouds exclusively. Private cloud is clearly a major part of enter- prise IT strategy. Yet enterprises take different approaches to private clouds. Some organi- zations use a private cloud that's completely contained within the enterprise firewall. Others use hosted private clouds that reside in a data center outside of the enterprise firewall. And then there's Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), which offers a private section of the Amazon Web Services cloud. Assuming the private cloud you choose for your enterprise handles its internal security well, your biggest concern becomes a secure connection. That means looking at how your employees con- nect within the enterprise — and how vendors, customers, and home workers connect outside it. March 2015

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