Forrester Completes Its Wave Study of Cloud IaaS Security

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Microsoft Azure, Newsroom, Security & Compliance

Forrester Research recently completed its WAVE study of cloud IaaS providers’ security. Although many IaaS providers were invited only 4 agreed to participate—AWS, Azure, IBM and CenturyLink. The study was thorough and discloses specific factors and how they were weighted when evaluating a provider’s security. The study (as it should) takes a very skeptical position as evidenced in the follow …

2 Questions to Answer When You Suspect Cloud IaaS Has Stopped Making Financial Sense

Kenneth Johnson Accounting Firms, All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

Today I came across an old article by Cade Metz on Wired from 2013 chronicling the experience of some well-known start-ups on the public cloud. The companies highlighted, which included Uber, Zynga, MemSQL and others, had started on Amazon Web Services only to find that, as their business scaled, their AWS bills grew to such a size that self-managed infrastructure …

Control Your Data Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

If your firm is serious about data security and you want to move to cloud IaaS, AWS offers the most control.  But with control comes responsibility.  While AWS ensures the security OF the cloud, you must ensure your security IN the cloud.  Get a good summary of how it works with this great AWS video on the Shared Responsibility Security …

The Silver Lining: Security Lessons from the Sony Hack

Ronda Peoples All Firms, Featured, Security & Compliance

Now that the dust is settling around last month’s Sony Pictures hack, companies around the globe are asking “How can we avoid such a devastating data breach?” The emerging answer seems to be cloud computing. The resources that the leading cloud providers – such as Amazon Web Services (aws) and Microsoft Azure – have committed to security is unmatched and …

The Forecast is Cloudy for HIPAA-Covered Entities

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Featured, Security & Compliance

As the popularity of all things “cloud” is skyrocketing, more and more industries are considering adoption of cloud technology. For the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance presents some unique obstacles to enjoying the benefits of cloud IaaS. In addition to the requirements that apply to all HIPAA data processing, two specific requirements present challenges to would-be cloud adopters: All applications which …