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CLOUDINOMICON: Idempotent Infrastructure, Survivable Systems & Bringing Sexy Back to Information Centricity


Expo Theatre (Hall G) October 19, 2010 - Feedback   

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Christofer Hoff

Mass-market, low-cost, commodity infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud Computing providers abstract away compute, network and storage and deliver hyper-scaleable capabilities.

This “abstraction distraction” has brought us to the point where the sanctity and security of the applications and information transiting them are dependent upon security models and expertise rooted in survivable distributed systems, at layers where many security professionals have no visibility.

The fundamental re-architecture of the infostructure, metastructure and infrastructure constructs in this new world forces us back to the design elements of building survivable systems focusing on information centricity — protecting the stuff that matters most in the first place.

The problem is that we’re unprepared for what this means and most practitioners and vendors focused on the walled garden, perimeterized models of typical DMZ architecture are at a loss as to how to apply security in a disintermediated and distributed sets of automated, loosely-coupled resources.

We’re going to cover the most salient points relating to how IaaS Cloud architecture shifts how, where and who architects, deploys and manages security in this “new world order” and what your options are in making sustainable security design decisions.