SAN FRANCISCO Feb. 15, 2011 Art Coviello
"Establishing control and visibility over clouds is the dominant security challenge preventing organizations from fully leveraging cloud environments today, and it’s a fundamental problem that EMC is committed to solving," Coviello said. "The promise is that you CAN achieve safety in the cloud. The promise is that we CAN fundamentally do security differently than we’ve ever done before. The proof comes when leveraging virtualization technology we can demonstrate control and visibility, the key elements of trust, in cloud environments.
"As with other IT transformations over the decades from mainframes, to client server, to the web, Coviello pointed out that virtualization and cloud computing share the same underlying information security goal of getting the right information to the right people over a trusted infrastructure in a system that can be governed and managed. But in contrast to previous IT shifts, Coviello asserted that, unless properly addressed, the enormous amount of change across the core security dimensions of information, identities and infrastructure can create immense control and visibility challenges.
"Virtualization is the cloud’s silver lining because virtualization fuels the cloud’s ability to surpass the level of control and visibility that physical IT delivers," Coviello continued. "By consolidating multiple systems on a single platform, organizations gain a centralized control point for managing and monitoring every virtual infrastructure component."
To gain this unparalleled visibility and consolidated control, security in virtual and cloud infrastructure must align to three fundamental attributes:
- Security becomes logical and information-centric,
- Security becomes built into infrastructure and applications
- Security becomes risk-based and adaptive,
Coviello added, "These three principles can lead us to a heightened level of control and visibility that will create the critical evidence, the proof if you will, that leads to trust. The ability for organizations to inspect and verify conditions first-hand is the highest standard for trust in the cloud. It’s a standard based on proof, not promises."
"What this will let organizations do is take an information-centric approach to creating security zones within their infrastructure," McAniff said. "Imagine your infrastructure telling you, ‘Here’s a suggested zone for PCI, or PII or PHI.’ That truly is an intelligent infrastructure. This example reflects a key element of our collaboration with RSA to embed security controls into the virtual infrastructure and automate management to help organizations simplify the setup and operation of secure, trusted clouds."
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Proof not Promises: Creating the Trusted Cloud Pat Gelsinger Howard D. Elias Arthur W. Coviello, Jr. EMC Corporation Richard McAniff
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