Cloud Security Books

Nearly every survey asking what the top concerns are about cloud computing shows security issues at the top.  Little wonder then that in addition to the growing library of books about cloud computing in general, more books on cloud security are showing up; I've got three of these so far, with yet another on order:

  • Securing the Cloud: Cloud Computer Security Techniques and Tactics, by Vic Winkler, Syngress, 2011 (in progress)
Each of the first three are excellent sources for understanding the concepts and vocabulary of cloud computing and the associated security issues.  They are full of excellent, albeit generic, advice on securing the massively scaled distributed computing architectures common to cloud computing, although they generally cover a critical topic -- virtualization security -- only lightly.

What is needed now is more specificity -- detailed case studies, implementation and architectural specifications, and some hands-on examples of real cloud infrastructures and how they are secured.  So I hope the Syngress book, due out May 2011, will provide more than generic advice.

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The purpose of this blog is to highlight and to explore general issues around "Cloud Computing" -- its benefits, risks, and component technologies -- and how they are evolving. I'll also periodically comment (of course!) on Oracle's Cloud Computing capabilities, resources, and cloud-related events. -- Harry J Foxwell, PhD, Principal Consultant for Cloud Computing, Oracle Public Sector HW

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