Public cloud or private cloud?

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“Suppliers of public cloud services are experts and focused on security, so if security is a real issue, get into public cloud as soon as you can." This was the message Richard Sykes, chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, told attendees at the G-Cloud in practice conference. Furthermore, he said a public cloud would be more secure than any private cloud is likely to be. This got us thinking...what would you rather choose and why: A public cloud or a private cloud?

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When I hear someone like this saying the public cloud would be more secure than a private cloud reminds me of vulnerability scanner vendors using their own severity ratings – or CVSS – to claim the sky is falling because a SQL injection, blank password, or missing path vulnerability was found, yet they have no context to fully understand what it means to the business.

Only the short-sighted are able to make blanket statements about security like “Yes, that’s secure” or “No, that’s a big problem.

There are so many variables around security (technical, procedural, political, cultural, business priority, etc.) that you cannot simply declare good security or bad security in a binary fashion. You have to look at the bigger picture. What’s the business risk in your own unique situation?

Here are a few cloud security considerations to keep on your radar.

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