Cloud computing’s next step is security


At the Gartner Identity and Access Management (IAM) summit earlier this month attendees discussed the next big challenge for the security industry – namely, securing cloud-based data.

Kurt Johnson, vice-president strategy and corporate development for IAM solutions provider Courion explained.

“You can’t just shut off network access once someone steps away from the company. Now they could go into the nearest coffee shop and be right back on.”

CIOs will have to make significant changes resulting in formal identity and access management strategies that run across their organisations. The fears surrounding data stored in the cloud make it all the more important to have a security system in place that controls access rights to both upload and download information.

A hybrid strategy, which takes cloud and on-premise into account, is apparently the best one, Johnson said. Gartner confirmed this as a popular choice. “Through 2015, over 50 per cent of cloud-based IAM solutions will be hybrid, with software and scalable service-based solutions integrated for cloud computing.”

This is one big challenge that the security industry has no choice but to succeed in.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.