Infosecurity Europe 2011: Qualys CMO predicts cloud will become the norm within next two years

Deeba, a veteran of the IT industry, having worked with Adobe, Verity and Verisign, said that the last six months have seen a number of large firms move some or all of their IT resources into the cloud, mainly as a result of the cost savings that cloud computing engenders.

"Cost is a huge issue", he said, talking about the large corporates he deals with on a regular basis, adding that some of the old arguments about security issues are starting to be overcome within these corporates.

One of the most common fears amongst corporates when they are thinking of moving their IT assets to the cloud is, of course, the possibility of a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack.

Deeba says that this is one of the most frequently raised issued by corporates, but he argues that, with today's flexible internet platforms, and replication of data centres around the world, the effects of a DDOS attack can be significantly reduced because of the number of data centres that are available.

"We've seen a number of DDOS attacks being attempted in recent months, but none of them have been successful", he said, adding that, with multiple points of entry into the cloud, attacks are no longer the problem they used to be.

Interestingly, he says that a number of companies are now starting to take a hybrid approach to their cloud systems, with some of their critical assets operating on a localised data centre basis, and with the rest of their IT assets operating in the cloud.

This approach, he told Infosecurity, is one method of getting around any worries about cloud security, especially where board level managers are involved.

Deeba's comments come as his colleague, CTO Wolfgang Kandek, is preparing to ask the IT security industry to work together more closely to fight the problem of cybercrime.

According to the South African ITweb newswire, Kandek will make this call at next month's ITWeb Security Summit in Johannesburg in a presentation entitled: "The inconvenient truth about the state of browser security."

The newswire says that, during the summit, Kandek will reveal the latest statistics from Qualys' ongoing research projects around security vulnerabilities and malware.

Kandek is quoted as saying that, if a company looks at a problem, it only sees a part of the threat landscape.

Against this backdrop, he says that the industry must collaborate with security companies from all over the world to get a bigger view of attacks.

"We can make much better decisions on security protection from more data", he said.

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