If anyone has the right to be excited about cloud computing, it’s John Chambers. But on Wednesday Cisco Systems’ Chairman and CEO conceded that the computing industry’s move to sell pay-as-you-go computing cycles available as a service on the Internet was also “a security nightmare.”
Speaking during a keynote address at the annual security confab, Chambers said that cloud computing was inevitable, but that it would shake up the way that networks are secured. “You’ll have no idea what’s in the corporate data center,” he said. “That is exciting to me as a network player. Boy am I going to sell a lot of stuff to tie that together.”
However, he added, “It is a security nightmare and it can’t be handled in traditional ways.”
Cloud computing is a hot topic here at the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week. Big computing companies like Cisco and IBM are eager to talk about it, but security experts see a lot of work ahead.
“I think it’s really going to be a focal point of a lot of our work in the cyber security area,” said Ronald Rivest a MIT computer science professor and noted cryptographer, speaking during a conference panel Tuesday. “Cloud computing sounds so sweet and wonderful and safe… we should just be aware of the terminology, if we go around for a week calling it swamp computing I think you might have the right mindset.”
[Source: Computer world]