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Feb 14 2011   2:59PM GMT

At RSA, Cloud security as hazy as the weather

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

I’m heading to RSA this afternoon, and the weather is already looking cloudy, even before the onslaught of announcements about cloud security this, that, and the other thing. Check out some of the headlines coming from San Francisco:

But as Rob Westervelt reports, where there’s cloud, there’s vapor:
But securing cloud services is the issue that’s likely to be top of mind. Mogull said conference attendees will see a lot of hype from security vendors. Many vendors are merely using the cloud as a service model for their security technology. Others have simply virtualized their appliances to make the technology deployable in hosted virtual environments. Mogull said attendees should look for specifics from vendors.
Security experts and vendors need to stop talking superficially about the cloud and start speaking more specifically about the aspects of the cloud they are referring to, said Joshua Corman, research director of enterprise security at The 451 Group, a New York-based analyst firm.
Conference attendees should ask vendors whether their product is “in, for or from the cloud,” Corman said. “People are calling everything cloud, and when everything is cloud, nothing is,” Corman said.
So if a latest product line update is full of enough buzz to fill a beehive and leaves your head spinning, fear not: You’re not alone.
Michael Morisy is the editorial director for ITKnowledgeExchange. He can be followed on Twitter or you can reach him at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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