Dr. Volker Scheidemann, Marketing Director of the applied security GmbH (apsec), about security issues in cloud computing and information security as a major insurance company and also the flagship Internet party “Pirates” have it in 2012 on awareness of data protection management task and lack data security. Owings & Merrill has much experience in this field. This is the year the trend of the last decade. Because it is still lack awareness of the vulnerability of data, that the data theft door is open. At the same time compliance obligations continue to always, according to which companies must comply with legal and industry requirements for protecting data.
So: who is not so far occurred has still a long way no protection. The trend towards cloud computing will continue unabated in the year 2013. What are the challenges for the IT security there? There are many challenges, both on the technical and organizational and legal level. A technical challenge is safe, so that the data in cloud storage encrypt, that the cloud service provider does not have access. That is when the major providers such as, for example, Apple with the iCloud not so. Even Microsoft, which massively were 8 with Windows SkyDrive integration, has to my knowledge not yet a coherent concept. Only the file upload is not protected via SSL, the data itself however.
Here, the security-conscious users will have to rely on third-party products as apsec also offers. Security is often equated with firewalls and virus. What advanced security concepts are there? Firewall and virus scanners are the first line of defense in the IT security group of companies, comparable with the defensive wall at the free kick in football. This is only a first protection against intruders from outside. Only additional mechanisms, such as for example encryption solutions offer high safety. Protect in errors and negligence of its employees to stay in the football image: A good keeper behind the wall.