Three Flawed Issues About Cloud Computing

By Larry Bonfante When cloud computing first became the rage, a lot of IT executives who were dismissive of it as the latest fad and went back to business as usual. Now that cloud computing has made significant inroads in the marketplace, many CIOs are feeling threatened by it. They are acting defensive, using legitimate…

The ABCs of Cloud Compliance

by Caroline Lowden, director of Internal Audit for Cbeyond Cloud computing is providing many businesses with a cost-effective, low-maintenance approach to store and maintain customer data. Eliminating on-site servers frees up resources and money allowing businesses to invest in additional products without hindering their workflow or sacrificing security. More cloud, more regulation This increased reliance…

The ABCs of Cloud Compliance

The Biggest difference between SAS70 and SOC2/3 One of the biggest differences between an old SAS70 report and a new SOC 2/3 report is that management of the service organization cannot decide which controls they will test. Service organizations can select which criteria to evaluate (security, availability, confidentiality, processing integrity or privacy), but they must…

Software Vendors Tough on Licenses, Weak on Solutions

In recent years software publishers have stepped up efforts to identify and penalize corporations for the use of unlicensed software. They have also become more aggressive in cases where corporations intended to fully comply with licensing rules, but failed. This is most often the result of IT departments being uncertain of just how many copies…

Top 10 Cloud Computing Caveats

Like the Buddhist mantras of old, IT vendors appear to be unified in their messaging — the incessant chant of the moment is: “Move to the cloud now.” So should CIOs be listening? Here are ten cloud caveats to consider before embarking upon the journey. 1. Define your terms – Recent IBM prime time ads…

Effectively Navigating the IT Compliance Maze

Most companies, depending upon their industry, have to comply with anywhere from one to six or more regulatory requirements imposed by a government or industry entity to protect consumers, patients, investors and others. And the number of requirements in scope for a given company seems to increase on a daily basis as a result of…