On the July third Virtualization Security Podcast, we discussed mobile security with Harry Labana, CPO of CloudVolumes, and Ben Goodman of VMware. Actually, it was not necessarily about mobile security as much as it was about security in accessing corporate data from mobile devices, regardless of device and location of data. What came out of this conversation was twofold: some actionable items you (the end user, security, stakeholders) can take today, and a desire for something more—a way to wrap a security context around some data accessible by any program.
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AFORE Solutions’ goal has been to provide not only data at rest encryption but also data in motion encryption at all levels of the cloud stack, such that not even the cloud providers can see or change your data. This level of confidentiality does not exist within existing public or private clouds without a little help. AFORE Solutions started with SecureVSA, which provided encryption at rest but had the limitation of requiring the cloud providers to be involved in the process. Now, they have two new products that provide data at rest (and in motion) encryption without the cloud providers being in the know. Actually, the cloud providers do not need to do anything. This is a big win, in my opinion, as if you encrypt data, no one but those with that ability should be able to decrypt the data.
In the past we have discussed the various aspects of the secure hybrid cloud, ranging from the data center through a transition stage and finally to and from the cloud. Unfortunately, picking just one security solution, or even one family of solutions, does not work, so we need to start thinking outside the box and pick the best based on our needs, which cover compliance as well as security. So how do we pick a security solution based on our needs?
When we look at the secure hybrid cloud, there seems to be a missing piece, a piece that is used to validate identity via role based access controls assigned to applications, data, and systems. An identity that allows control of dynamic instead of the normal static firewall rules that are part and parcel of most environments. The software defined data center needs security to move with it and not remain static. Yes we could manipulate the rules on the fly, but those manipulations require that we know who is using a particular VM at a given time and in the case of a server, the VM could be used by more than one user at a time, so we need something more dynamic. Privileged access to data needs to be enforced throughout the stack and not just within an application or by encrypting data. Validating against an identity is a key component of the secure software defined data center and secure hybrid cloud.
The secure hybrid cloud encompasses a complex environment with a complex set of security requirements spanning the data center (or data closet), end user computing devices, and various cloud services. The entry point to the entire hybrid cloud is some form of End User Computing device whether that is a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or even a desktop computer. Once you enter the hybrid cloud, you may be taken to a cloud service or to your data center. The goal is to understand how the data flows through out this environment in order to properly secure it and therefore secure the hybrid cloud, but since it is a complex environment, we need a simpler way to view this environment.
We recently moved workloads to the public cloud and the public cloud reality does not match the hype, nor does it match the application security requirements of a small or even large organization. There are two sides to the public cloud security discussion, the one that covers management access and the other that covers application security. For the former, you must trust the cloud, however for the later, you basically get the security you bring to the cloud. The public cloud reality is that you do not magically gain application security when using a cloud.