HOW SAFE IS CLOUD COMPUTING?
Cloud Computing has grown exponentially over the last few years, but security concerns linger amongst those reluctant to adopt Is cloud computing safe? Let, have a look...
You should ask questions like:
Will the stored data remain in the European Union (for data protection)
Who in the Supplier organization has access to my data and what controls are placed upon them?
What certificates or standards does the supplier adhere to?
Trust no one:
Main security threats aren’t over the wires. Tight security and monitoring systems reduce the risk.
Negligent employers/contractors account for 36% of security breaches compared with 29% relating malicious/criminal factors.
OFF VS ON PREMISE
Off-premise has other benefits too if someone wanted to steal data from a specific server, they would have to break into a data centre, which is no easy task. Even if they did manage to break M they would be faced with banks of thousands upon thousands of identical machines with meaningless labels like SRVO1403 on (he, meaning they would have no idea which one to steal
'Over the wire’ attacks are relatively easy to defend the integrity of the data from. The biggest issues arise from the availability of that data due to denial of service attacks (dDOS)
Could your on-premise servers handle the multiple gigabit uplinks necessary to defend from these?
15% of small businesses experienced Denial of Service attacks in 2011
30% of large organizations experienced Denial of Service attacks in 2011
Memset deflects 20Denial of service attacks every hour without our customers even noticing
CHOOSING A GOOD PASSWORD
Weak Passwords 58% of people use passwords between 6-8 characters, with 42% using only lower case.
10 Character Passwords vs. 8 Character Passwords:
Number of possible passwords 10 characters: 984,000,000,000,000,000
Time to crack using 1000 cloud servers: 3.9 YEARS
Number of Possible Passwords using 8 characters: 248,000,000,000,000
Time to crack using 1000 cloud servers: 8.6 HOURS
A hashed password takes longer to validate artificially increasing the complexity of the decrypt on algorithm and there for decryption time.
1 million cloud servers vs 10-digit password with hashing = 15years
Ultimately the main problem lies between the keyboard and the (hall- i.e. the user. when it comes to security (and cloud security u no different). the weak link is always the human MEMSET