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Cloud Services - Look before you Leap

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT (2018-09-19 19:30:00 UTC)
  • David R. Miller

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Risky issues are usually overlooked before moving into cloud services.


As a security and compliance consultant, all too often I hear, We just completed our move into the cloud, and management is thrilled. Now, how do we make sure our stuff is secure?


We all know and appreciate the massive benefits that an enterprise can recoup by migrating their IT assets and services into the cloud. Reduce the huge capital expenditures and ongoing operational expenses of building and maintaining your own datacenter by simply paying small monthly leasing fees to cloud service providers. And they give you everything you ever wanted in performance, reliability, high availability, highly elastic capacity, disaster recovery. Who can resist? And how can this be a bad decision? Lets take a closer look and explore some of the many items overlooked and unconsidered BEFORE placing your most valuable information assets in the hands of people who dont love you like your mamma does, and they never will.

Speaker Bio

David R. Miller

David R. Miller has been a network engineer, consultant, security designer and architect, author, and technical instructor since the early 1980's and has specialized in IT security and compliance work in the recent years. David is a certified instructor for The SANS Institute and has been an instructor with SANS since 2012. David is the lead instructor for the CISSP certification course, and his students consistently rate David's lectures as excellent. A recent survey showed that approximately 93% of the students attending his CISSP classes passed the very challenging 6-hour certification exam on their first attempt. David has lectured on information systems security, compliance, and network engineering to prestigious groups including The Smithsonian Institute, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Advanced Battle Command, the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Cisco Systems, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Symantec Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Global Financial Services, to name a few.

In addition to writing and lecturing, David routinely performs as an IT security and compliance consultant, performing gap analysis and remediation services largely focused in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS credit card data), and the Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA - patients' medical information) for medical practices. He is a Qualified Security Assessor of PCI and a Microsoft Subject Matter Expert on the Windows Active Directory enterprise network operating system platform. He performs as a security designer and architect working with Dell SecureWorks security consulting.

David is an author, a lecturer, and technical editor of books, curriculum, certification exams and computer based training videos. He has had ten books published to date, with five of them focused on IT security, and the others targeting enterprise level network engineering, network architecture, and operating system administration.

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