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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

No Governance, No Security: Simple as That

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I recently had the opportunity to provide some of my thoughts to Alan Earls' latest article on the challenges of cloud computing security at SearchSOA.

The bottom line, he relates, is that security is a big issue for cloud computing, and the only effective way to deliver security in the cloud is through good governance.

Alan quotes Daryl Plummer, Gartner analyst and leading thinker in the SOA space, who says gateways -- which provide security, management, encryption, and identity management for services -- take on a new role in cloud security management. The challenge is that policies must now be federated across multiple services and across multiple gateways, he says.

David Linthicum, analyst at the Bick Group, says governance fits hand in glove with security. "Governance provides the policies around services so that they are only allowed to perform actions that are in a range and if it is out of range they are disallowed and it is reported to somebody," he says.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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