Why automation and scalability in security is important for the success of your Cloud Journey

As we all know, Information Security is always seen as the challenge with public cloud consumption. According to the “State of Cloud 2014” survey conducted by RightScale (“RightScale is a SaaS based organisation that sells automation and orchestration tools for managing cloud infrastructure.”), Security still remains as the top challenge among organisations starting their Cloud journey, but organisations that have significant experience in using Cloud technologies seem to be confident with the way they manage their security in cloud.

Another major concern, according to the report, is Compliance: achieving compliance in the Shared Responsibility model is always a challenge. In the Cloud Computing world, security is a shared responsibility; in the case of IaaS, the vendors will manage the security up to the virtualisation layer and from OS and above; it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that they have security tools in place to protect their data and manage compliance.

Whether we are in traditional datacentre world or in a public cloud world, security is often seen as a roadblock for an organisation’s innovation and speed to market. From a security perspective, things become more complicated with the invention of cloud computing. For the product teams and  developers it is much easier to build and test their solution without major infrastructure deployment hurdles since the build of the infrastructure can be written as a code and managed by the developers, but bringing the solution to life always seems to be a problem due to the involvement of security. In most cases, product teams/developers are really worried about engaging with security due to the complications involved in explaining the way cloud services work, change management difficulties, firewall rule approvals, security design reviews and security testing. All these security related processes are manual and time consuming, and it will take at least a few weeks for these processes/tasks to be completed. These delays will then lead up to “C” level escalations for security exemptions and sometimes you will find unapproved applications running within the production environment which open up security risks for the organisation.

Things are getting even worse due to the introduction of DevOps, continuous deployment and continuous integration teams in many cloud savvy organisations. Security is still playing catch-up game with DevOps methodologies.

All these security related challenges impact the irresistible benefits such as cost savings, agility and speed to market offered by the Cloud. “C” executives are always interested in achieving these cloud benefits even at the cost of a secure solution.

Is there a way to achieve cloud benefits while meeting the security and compliance requirements?

I would say “Yes”, Security is not something special; it should be part of the continuous deployment model. Security controls and processes should be automated wherever possible in order to maintain the agility and self-service.

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@VodafoneIreland customers first to experience 4G+ in Ireland

Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Limerick first Irish cities to receive 4G+

2 December 2014, @VodafoneIreland is the first operator to deliver Ireland’s first 4G+technology providing speeds up to twice as fast as first generation 4G, and speeds exceeding the standard fixed-line broadband experience. From 1 December, Vodafone customers in Waterford city will have access to data speeds of up to 150Mbps with 4G+, while Cork, Dublin and Limerick cities will be switched on by the end of December.

With 4G+, customers can now experience the fastest speeds available on mobile to enjoy services like, instant video streaming in HD, live TV with high reliability and the potential to broadcast live from events. In addition, business customers can download higher volumes of data even faster than ever before.

4G+ is available to Vodafone RED Super Business and RED Extra Super bill pay customers at no extra cost until April 2015 using one of three select Samsung 4G+ enabled smartphones; Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha.

Celebrating the launch of the first 4G+ network in Ireland, Vodafone Technology Director, Madalina Suceveanu said “Vodafone customers in Ireland already have access to the widest 4G footprint across six cities and 377 towns and villages – covering over three quarters (79%) of the country and 95 per cent of 3G coverage nationwide. In tandem with our 4G roll-out, we are modernising our network nationwide, providing customers with improved voice call quality and data services to all areas with existing voice services. This new addition of 4G+ services is an even greater boost for our customers. Quite simply, 4G+ downloads, streams and delivers chosen content even faster than before.”

Commenting, Vodafone Enterprise Director, Anne Sheehan, “With 4G+ super-fast speeds now available in Ireland – it opens up a new world of mobilisation for our business customers, with video calls and Cloud based applications really coming into their own”.
4G+ speeds are delivered by combining two 4G bandwidths. Location coverage maps will be available as areas are switched on. For full details of 4G+ please seewww.vodafone.ie/network/4g.


Further information:
Clodagh O’Hagan, Vodafone Ireland,
087 9084055
Orla Molloy / Ger McCarthy Weber Shandwick,
01 679 8600
087 770 5108 / 086 233 3590

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