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What is Cloud Security?

Not too long ago, cloud computing was just a buzzword. In a 2008 InformationWeek survey regarding attitudes toward the cloud, 21% of the 456 respondents considered cloud computing a "marketing term used haphazardly." Since that time, adoption of cloud services has ticked upward. According to the 2012 version of the InformationWeek survey, one-third of 511 respondents are already receiving services from a cloud provider. Another 40% said they were in the planning or evaluation stages.

But before an organization pushes all its chips into the center of the cloud computing table, there is the "s" word to consider -- security. For all the promise of the various cloud delivery models, security is a constant threat to stop cloud computing in its tracks.

How should enterprises decide on a cloud security strategy? The first step is to know your business requirements, the type of cloud service you'll be using and your risk tolerance levels. Every organization's security needs and expectations are different, so it's important to understand how the cloud service provider can meet those needs."

Cloud computing technology offers three basic models of implementation.. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Securing cloud environments is a sweeping proposition that touches on the topics of virtualization security, access control, data protection and a host of other areas.

How do we do it?

Valency Networks possesses years of security experience ranging from corporate networks to recent customers requiring cloud computing security. Unlike most other security consultancy offerings, in case of cloud security the approach is purely from design perspective. We deep dive into the cloud architecture, and identify various attack vectors which range from network layer of cloud design, to the cloud aware applications running on virtual data centers or virtual development centers. Cloud security also includes that of web authentication portals which call the cloud service providers API calls. Customers of Valency Networks involve us right from design phase, to the implementation phase

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