GEOG 865
Cloud and Server GIS

Cloud Computing Discussion: Cloud security


Security is one of the biggest concerns for organizations considering using cloud computing. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, giving up physical control is a big step. On the other hand, data is not 100% secure on-site either, and leading cloud providers have security teams that are second to none.

First, read the AWS Security Center website and some of its subsidiary pages, especially this overview of Security Processes. In the optional textbook, you can read The Cloud at Your Service chapter 4, Security and the Private Cloud.

Deliverables for this week's technology trend:

  1. Post a comment on this lesson's Canvas discussion forum that describes what you think of the security procedures described in the reading. Are they sufficient to give you more comfort about putting your data and applications in the cloud? What other security concerns should we keep in mind (that Amazon might have omitted either intentionally or unintentionally)? Feel free to post questions as well.
  2. Then I'd like you to offer additional insight, critique, a counter-example, or something else constructive in response to one of your colleagues' posts.
  3. Brownie points for linking to other technology demos, pictures, blog posts, etc., that you've found to enrich your posts so that we may all benefit.
  4. If there are concepts or vocabulary items that are not familiar to you -- don't suffer alone! Please post a question below. Posting a question is a form of participation, but doesn't take the place of your substantive post requested in step 1 above.