I attended the second annual Cloud Security Alliance Congress event a couple of weeks ago in Orlando Florida and wanted to pass on some of what I learned.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), of which we are a member, was founded in 2008. It has emerged as a leading industry authority focused on promoting the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and providing education on the uses of cloud computing. In the course of three years, CSA has released 12 research reports, created a cloud provider registry, and established the only user certification related to the security knowledge of cloud computing. All its research products are the result of global collaboration and are provided at no cost, and royalty-free, to any organization that wants them (https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/about/).
The CSA Congress was a full two-day, multi-track conference preceded by in-depth training sessions. I attended hoping to get some insights into what cloud adopters, cloud providers and others are thinking about the benefits, challenges, and security aspects related to cloud computing. I wasn’t disappointed as there was no shortage of people sharing what they have learned about the cloud, and debating the finer points of security and privacy related topics.
Today, European Union Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced the formation of the ‘CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety.’ Microsoft is pleased to be a founding member of this coalition, which is a collective effort of government and industry to discuss best practices that “make the Internet a better place for children.”
I will serve as Microsoft’s representative on the CEO Coalition, and Microsoft remains committed to advancing ways to make online services and the Internet safer for children. We also believe such joint efforts, involving all major industry players in the digital ecosystem – including hardware manufacturers, technology companies, content creators, telecommunications and online service providers – are necessary to achieving real progress in the area of online safety.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is data on how regional malware infection rates change over time. This data helps us and our customers understand the tactics and strategies that attackers are using to compromise systems, steal identities and confidential data. Subsequently this intelligence helps our customers optimize their defenses.
Before I go any further, I want to assure you that this is a legitimate Microsoft blog, and that I genuinely work for the company.
If you’ve received an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming association with Microsoft and offering technical support, or help with a security problem you didn’t know you had, I wouldn’t blame you for doubting me.
Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, a little suspicion is a good thing because increasingly devious, determined and resourceful criminals want to steal from you. Cash is what they really want, but personal information they can exploit for financial gain – that’ll do nicely, too, thank you.