Security Company: Trust Us, Trust the Cloud
SAN FRANCISCO -- Moving data into the cloud can be cost effective for businesses and, in most cases, can make consumer interfaces easier to use.
However, many corporate chief information officers are troubled by a chief issue of cloud computing : the worry that traditional security methods will not keep data safe once it is in the cloud.
To address these concerns, RSA, the security division of Boston-based business-storage-solutions company EMC, announced yesterday (Feb. 14) the creation of the RSA Cloud Trust Authority.
The group's goal is to increase trust in cloud computing, which in RSA's view will encourage more organizations to move from expensive-to-maintain data centers to cheaper virtual access.
Cloud-computing proponents emphasize that having data in the cloud not only lessens the cost of retrieval and storage, but also decreases the downtime caused by server or power failures.
Bret Hartman, chief technology officer of RSA, said the Cloud Trust Authority will focus on three main concerns: identity , information, and infrastructure.
Identity will be recognized by managing access to cloud resources. Information will be protected by trust-based services such as encryption and tokenization. Infrastructure concerns will address improving threat defenses and mobile access.
Customers often don't trust cloud security because of the lack of visibility and control, so the Cloud Trust Authority also aims to improve communication between customers and cloud service providers.