Contributed by: David Mortman - Chief Security Architect, Dell | Enstratius, Inc. - The Enterprise Cloud Management Solution
For the most part, when it comes to security, there are not a lot of fundamental differences between running in your own data center versus on a public cloud provider. The differences that do exist however are important to understand both in terms of their implications and for dealing with them appropriately for your organization. These four differences are even more important if you have to deal with regulatory or legislative compliance regimes. The five differences are:
The above four differentiators authentication, authorization, logging/alerting/auditing and key management form the basis of how cloud is different from traditional IT services. While these differences are key to understand, they can easily be addressed with a high quality cloud management solution that not only makes the cloud more usable but also more secure in the process.