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1 Practical tips for securing your cloud James Turner, IBRS Advisor August 2012

2 Building a smarter planet Warning This presentation has a lot of pictures of clouds 2

3 Building a smarter planet Practical tips to securing your cloud Defining the cloud What IBRS clients are asking & What the experts say Four interesting areas of risk Summary A glimpse of the future Questions 3

4 Building a smarter planet Defining cloud The most widely accepted definition of cloud comes from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) : 1.On demand self-service 2.Broad network access 3.Resource pooling 4.Rapid elasticity 5.Pay-per-use measured service Im talking about SaaS 4 Morning Glory clouds – Gulf of Carpentaria. Source: NASA. Credit: Mick PetroffMick Petroff

5 Building a smarter planet What IBRS clients are asking & what the experts say Review our SaaS contracts for technical risks –Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) availability of data and business functionality; protecting data from unauthorised access; and, handling security incidents. –Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Liability Performance management Ending the arrangement –National Archives of Australia 5

6 Building a smarter planet Four SaaS vendor contract reviews Findings – there are 4 core areas of risk in these vendor MSAs: 1.Light on specifics 2.Heavy on indemnity 3.Default customer referencing 4.Flimsy data portability 6

7 Building a smarter planet Light on specifics Will protect customer data in a manner consistent with general industry standards reasonably applicable Will use commercially reasonable efforts to make the purchased services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Impact: nothing to hold them to! 7 Light and wispy cirrus clouds

8 Building a smarter planet Heavy on indemnity They will not be held liable for any loss of data, or revenue, or profits. Service credits, if available, are like eating lettuce –You expend more energy chewing than you get from the consumption Impact: nothing to hold them to! –(and look at how well that worked in the software industry!) 8

9 Building a smarter planet Customer reference by default Customer agrees to work with Marketing Department to produce a news release to Customers use of the Service Risks of being outed as a customer: –kick me –Collateral damage –Target rich environment –Economy of effort for attackers Impact: what has this done to your risk profile? 9

10 Building a smarter planet Flimsy data portability Only 1 of the 4 mentioned a format Proprietary data formats help create lock-in One source of truth? Migrating to another vendor? –Who owns the metadata? –Can you access security logs? Impact: Vendor lock in, paying for migration, rivals being sold your work 10 Storm front over Phillip Island, Nov 11, Source: ABC.net.au

11 Building a smarter planet Conclusion: Practical tips to securing your cloud Understand the risks –Create a list of the technical risks –War game different scenarios, attacks, or failures –Walk these through with business stakeholders Contract management –involved vs. committed? –Be biased toward vendors who commit to standards –Note: Take-it-or-leave-it contracts are positively viewed by some 11 Asperatus Cloud, New Zealand, undated photo. Source: National Geographic

12 Building a smarter planet An interconnected world leads to exponential complexity and unforeseen interdependencies!

13 Building a smarter planet Questions? 13

14 Building a smarter planet References Cloud Computing Security Considerations, Defence Signals Directorate (Australian Department of Defence), April 2011.Cloud Computing Security Considerations Better Practice Guide: Negotiating the cloud – legal issues in cloud computing agreements, Australian Government Information Management Office, February 2012.Better Practice Guide: Negotiating the cloud – legal issues in cloud computing agreements A Checklist for Records Management and the Cloud, National Archives of Australia, 2011.A Checklist for Records Management and the Cloud IBRS research: –"The Next Perfect IT Storm: The Red Shift, Utility Computing", IBRS, April 2008.The Next Perfect IT Storm: The Red Shift, Utility Computing –"Cloud computing, you may need a parachute", IBRS, April 2009.Cloud computing, you may need a parachute –"Legal considerations that apply in cloud computing", IBRS, May 2009.Legal considerations that apply in cloud computing –"Cloud computing and the law - data considerations", IBRS, June 2009.Cloud computing and the law - data considerations –"Cloud computing and the law - business implication", IBRS, July 2009.Cloud computing and the law - business implication –"A legal checklist before taking off into the cloud", IBRS, August 2009.A legal checklist before taking off into the cloud –"APRA offers timely advice against losing your head in the cloud", IBRS, November 2010.APRA offers timely advice against losing your head in the cloud –"Two tests to evaluate Cloud economics", IBRS, March 2011.Two tests to evaluate Cloud economics –"A matrix for cloud computing risk analysis", IBRS, October 2011.A matrix for cloud computing risk analysis –"Cloud security - the real risks", IBRS, January 2012.Cloud security - the real risks –How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Part 1, IBRS, May 2012How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Part 1 –How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Part 2, IBRS, July 2012How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Part 2 14


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