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  • Data Governance in the Cloud

    June 20, 2019, Jonathan Leach, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    Data governance is something your organization has likely considered, put into action, and implemented. The question is, to what degree is the data actually being governed – or not?

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  • Is Cloud Computing Really New? And Other Insights on the Changing Face of Cloud

    May 02, 2019, Kurt Hagerman, CxO Advisor, Cyber Strategy, Coalfire

    What is cloud computing, and why is its increased use getting so much attention? In my view, cloud computing is just the latest iteration of what started back in the days of the IBM service bureaus of the 1960s and ‘70s. Back then, only a handful of organizations had the resources to own and operate IBM mainframe computers. Those that did eventually realized they were only using a fraction of these computers’ capacity; and so, they came up with a novel approach – rent computing time to other organizations that couldn’t afford to own a mainframe themselves but could take advantage of the computing power they offered. This was easily done given the security model and ability to partition memory and processing built into the mainframe. Voila! Cloud computing was born!

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  • Continuous Monitoring in the Cloud

    June 01, 2018, Michael Pitcher, Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal

    I recently spoke at the Cloud Security Alliance’s Federal Summit on the topic “Continuous Monitoring / Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Concepts in the Cloud.” As government has moved and will continue to move to the cloud, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure continuous monitoring goals are met in this environment. Specifically, cloud assets can be highly dynamic, lacking persistence, and thus traditional methods for continuous monitoring that work for on-premise solutions don’t always translate to the cloud.

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  • Cloud Security Governance - Optimizing the Business Benefits of Security in the Cloud

    May 02, 2018, Michael Addo-Yobo, Managing Principal, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    Enterprises are increasingly pursuing the business advantages of migrating technology platforms and services into the cloud environment leveraging one or more of the three main cloud service areas – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). These advantages include but are not limited to rapid information system deployment, significantly reduced operating costs, massive economies of scale, processing speed, and agility. However, subscription to these services often imply security and compliance challenges for enterprises who are often unprepared to resolve them.

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  • RSA 2018 recap: GDPR, Increasing Visibility and Transparency of Cloud Security

    April 27, 2018, Marshall England, Sr. Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    RSA 2018 is in the books! The event welcomed 42,000 attendees to San Francisco, including cybersecurity professionals, vendors, media, and analysts. The themes of visibility and transparency repeatedly came up in discussions and presentations as organizations grapple with ever-increasing data flows across multiple technology platforms and cloud ecosystems. Another big topic of interest was the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it will affect organizations and their data.

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