Security, Sensationalism and the Rational Mind

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

Recently my thoughts on security have been swirling around a recent 60 Minutes segment on the Sony Pictures hack. In this segment, we learned that the sophistication of the attack carried out by North Korea was quite low. In fact, experts compared it to a moped relative to the F22-fighter-jet-level of sophisticated attacks that other hackers, including the U.S. Government, …

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 …

Do More with More: Better Security, Stronger Performance, Lower Cost

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, Featured, High Performance Applications

We thought it would be helpful to outline how Blue Sentry can apply cloud IaaS to your business to greatly enhance your capability and freedom with no trade offs.  Take a look at our new video and tell us what you think. Blue Sentry is an advanced-tier Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting partner specializing in application and data migrations, expert …

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 …