Cloud computing is garnering a vast share of IT interest. Its promise of revolutionary cost savings and agile, just-in-time capacity has driven IT organizations at enterprises of all sizes to build cloud deployment strategies into their plans.
Realizing the benefits, however, is greatly determined by the trustworthiness of the cloud infrastructure – in particular the software applications that control private data and automate critical processes. As cyber-threats increasingly target these applications, IT organizations are forced to sub-optimize the cloud deployments containing this software, limiting flexibility and cost savings. Assuring the inherent security of software, therefore, is a key factor to unlock the power of cloud computing and realize its ultimate benefits.
This paper describes these concepts and what they mean to organizations interested in moving to the cloud (consumers), and to the providers of cloud services.