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Cloud computing security standards - Vinton Cerf, father of the internet, has got your back

Created: 12 Jan 2010 • Updated: 08 Aug 2012
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Han Dong, Senior Product Marketing Manager, User Authentication

It's a good thing that people much smarter than me are thinking about the future of the internet, cloud computing, and ensuring I'm properly indoctrinated on the right social networking sites du jour. More importantly, these same smart people are constantly thinking about really critical things, like 'standards', 'interoperability', and 'security'. Guys like Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and HTML, Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of DNS, and Vinton Cerf, the father of the internet and co-designer of TCP/IP, are constantly analyzing what's happening today and thinking about what's coming in the future. These people are part of the founding fathers of the web, the internet, and how all the intricate pieces work together seamlessly - just so you can download your tunes, update your tweet/blog, and get the latest NFL scores.

Whew, I'm glad these guys are on top of things.

Of course, anytime a paradigm shift occurs in the world of computing, there's bound to be an outgrowth of new issues and problems. And some of these new issues related to cloud computing, are exactly what Vinton Cerf has been thinking about. Mamoon Yunus' article "Vint Cerf and Multi-Cloud Mayhem of cloud Computing" and Paul Krill's InfoWorld article "Cerf urges standards for cloud computing", both cover a number of issues Cerf sees that are created by the "cloud" and how the situation is very similar to the way things were in the wild west days of early computer networks.

One issue in particular is in the area of cloud security and authentication. "Strong authentication will be a critical element in the securing of clouds," said Cerf. Multi-tenant cloud environments and ensuring that the properly authorized user is permitted to access the right services, creates a critical need for strong authentication in the cloud. Now I bring this issue to your attention because this is precisely an area that VeriSign has given a great deal of thought and attention to in delivering our goal of providing trust on the internet and in the cloud.

From Extended Validation SSL, to VeriSign Identity Protection for Two-factor authentication and Fraud Detection Services, to PKI Digital Certificates for authentication, every weapon in VeriSign's arsenal is designed to deliver a secure, trusted experience in the cloud and on the net. And just as I discussed in my last post, VeriSign knows just how to deliver a multi-layered security strategy for anyone who's moving to the cloud.

Whew, I'm glad Vinton Cerf (and VeriSign) has got your back.