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The Problem with Dropbox


Dropbox is a great tool and offers convenience for its users, but not for some enterprise IT departments. It’s known as the “Dropbox problem,” referring to the unauthorized and unregulated use of consumer-grade file sync-and-share apps. According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, 81 percent of line-of-business employees admitted to using such unsanctioned software…

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Challenges of Virtualization


Many IT and business leaders complain that they aren’t able to progress beyond rudimentary virtualization deployments. While there are many specific challenges unique to each IT environment, there are also two main categories of challenges; scaling up with limited IT staff and resources, and managing increasing complexity. If enterprises want to tap into the benefits…

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Developing a Governance Framework in the Cloud


According to industry experts, 2011 has been deemed the “Year of the Data Breach,” unfortunately giving cloud computing the reputation of being insecure. For this reason, it’s essential that organizations in the cloud, as well as organizations considering a move to the cloud, understand and implement an effect governance framework in the cloud. What is…

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Cloud Security Doubts: Firewall Risk Management


While more and more enterprises these days are using cloud infrastructures, the majority of executives are doubtful of their ability to secure their IT systems. This article takes a look at a special report published by the Ponemon Research Institute in November 2011, entitled “Managing Firewall Risks in the Cloud.” Background The study was conducted…

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ISF’s Seven Deadly Sins of Cloud Computing


In February 2011, Adrian Davis, the principal research analyst at the Information Security Forum (ISF), announced to the audience at the (ISC)2 Leadership Conference what he believed were the seven deadly sins of cloud computing.   What are the Seven Deadly Sins? Davis’ presentation was based on a report by the ISF, entitled “Driving out…

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