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Kevin Beaver


November 22, 2010  6:21 AM

Start from scratch: Data center security policy template



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Data Center, Data Center in 2010, Kevin Beaver, Security

Security policies are all too often made to be overly-complex and difficult to manage. Done incorrectly,  policies can hinder more than they help....

November 19, 2010  6:23 AM

Data centers are fair game for policies, too



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Data Center, Data Center in 2010, Kevin Beaver, Security

When we think of security policies, visions of "acceptable use" and "passwords" often come to mind. But policies are much more than that - especially considering the complexities associated with data centers. Policies outline this is how we do things around here regardless of the specific...


November 17, 2010  8:36 AM

Who exactly is responsible for data center security?



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Data Center, Data Center in 2010, Kevin Beaver, Security

Given our discussion of data centers this month, I reflected back on the data center environments I've seen over the past few years and have drawn some interesting conclusions regarding security in/around the data center: 1. Sometimes the physical security team owns the...


November 15, 2010  4:32 PM

Don’t write off the data center just yet



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Data Center, Kevin Beaver

Contrary to the marketing hoopla we're being force fed, once all the "cloud" hype settles down the data center as we know it is still going to be around. So, there's no better time than now to get your physical security and IT ducks in a row to ensure everything in and around the data center stays...


October 21, 2010  10:33 AM

Data protection and the cloud, huh!?



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Cloud computing, Cloud Computing in 2010, Kevin Beaver, SaaS in 2010

I just received an email from CREDANT Technologies - the data protection company specializing in encryption and related endpoint security solutions - requesting my participation in

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October 13, 2010  9:37 AM

Should you also prepare for customer no-service with cloud computing?



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Cloud computing, Cloud Computing in 2010, Kevin Beaver, SaaS in 2010

It's been exactly a year since I went on a rant about my experience with cloud computing and customer no-service. Here was a...


October 13, 2010  8:23 AM

A flaw in the cloud is still a flaw: How do your SaaS apps stand up?



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Cloud computing, Cloud Computing in 2010, Kevin Beaver

Call me a cynic, but I'm still skeptical when it comes to these SaaS "solutions" that are nothing more than a traditional Web application with a pretty front-end. You see, with traditional systems come traditional vulnerabilities - namely

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October 1, 2010  6:21 AM

Trust No One: Info Security’s Biggest Weakness



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Kevin Beaver, Security in 2010

I came across an intriguing article in a 2009 issue of Fortune...


September 30, 2010  3:12 PM

Loosen the reigns: Telecommuting in 2010



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Kevin Beaver

I've been commuting into downtown Atlanta a good bit recently and I'm about done...not...


September 29, 2010  6:01 AM

Policies for the sake of policies



Posted by: Kevin Beaver
Kevin Beaver, Security in 2010

Security policies are those "talk is cheap" enablers of compliance and risk management. The problem is they're often poorly written, disjointed, inaccurate and so on - often creating the very risks they're supposed to mitigate. Everyone treats policies differently, so your needs and mileage will...


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