Whether a company is deploying a private or hybrid cloud, security remains a major concern. Cloud security often refers to user authentication and data protection, typically through encryption.
Among the many issues is the ability to authenticate employees to control the cloud services and data they have access to. In addition, managing cloud security so that policies and compliance standards enforced within an internal network are extended to the cloud remains a challenge for many organizations. Adding to the complexity is the virtualization layer that sits between the operating system and hardware in the infrastructure of cloud service providers. That layer also must be configured, managed and secured.
Here we look at the major players keeping the cloud secure. Be sure to sure to check out the rest of CRN's 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors as well as the last year's top cloud computing vendors.