Tom Olzak

Cloud Computing May Solve Patching Problems…?

In Patching on May 1, 2009 at 11:41

Wolgang Kandek of Qualys is quoted in a TechWorld article as follows:

“We believe that cloud security providers can be held to a higher standard in terms of security,” said Kandek. “Cloud vendors can come in and do a much better job.”

Unlike corporate admins for whom patching was a sometimes complex burden, in a cloud environment, patching applications would be more technically predictable – the small risk of ‘breaking’ an application after patching it would be nearly removed, he said.

Source: Cloud security will supplant patching, says report author, John E. Dunn, Techworld, 1 May 2009

I agree with Kandek’s assertion.  However, cloud computing doesn’t relieve managers from ensuring cloud vendors have a good patch process and that they actually follow it.

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