This is my presentation at the 2009 COSAC Security Conference on Cloud Computing. Here is the abstract:
One way or another, cloud computing seems determined to be on your radar. Whether it's your CXO, your customers or even your staff, someone is either going to be asking you about it, doing it, or trying to keep you from knowing they're doing it. You can't afford not to be prepared and understand not only the fundamentals and current definitions of cloud computing, but you also need to be able to get beyond the buzzwords, the hype and the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) presented everwhere from the Wall Street Journal to trade magazines to vendor brochures.
This session will provide a brief overview of the current cloud computing landscape, including:
* The different definitions and approaches
* The claimed business benefits and opportunities
* The most touted security issues and risks
Following this introduction, we will examine the potential business value, opportunities and risks in more detail to identify the ones that are likely to have a real impact on your organisation. After this session, you should be able to understand:
* The relationship between cloud computing, virtualisation, Software as a Service (SaaS), SOA and other types of outsourced services
* Whether cloud computing is a real option for your organisation
* The unique information assurance and security challenges posed by cloud computing
* What you can do to prepare yourself and your organisation for evaluating, deploying and leveraging cloud computing services
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