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Booz Allen Colloquium: "Cloud Computing Security Issues," Ronald Ritchey, Booz Allen Hamilton
Friday, February 19, 2010
2:00 p.m.
Jeong Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
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Jess Molina
301 405 4471

Booz Allen Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium in Electrical and Computer Engineering

"Top Five Security Issues When Moving to the Cloud"

Dr. Ronald Ritchey
Booz Allen Hamilton


Cloud computing is an environment through which "unlimited" IT resources are more smoothly coordinated and integrated-often in ways that provide value to consumers far beyond each component in isolation. The potential benefits to Cloud Computing are numerous; it promises availability, reliability, elasticity, dynamism, and an attractive economic utility model of consumption and allocation. However, it also introduces new challenges, including meeting compliance with required security policies and controls, establishing sufficient isolation in multi-tenant environments, and ensuring sufficient insight into the environment to govern data/assets properly. Security must be designed into the fabric of a cloud architecture; consumers want assurances from Cloud Computing providers that their data will be adequately protected.

This session will provide an overview of five key security issues associated with the cloud computing and approaches to mitigate them.


Dr. Ronald Ritchey is a leading technologist specializing in information assurance (IA) with over 20 years experience working within the IT industry. He is an active researcher in the IA field and is widely published on network security topics including co-authoring recent books on Software Assurance and Insider Threat. He has authored courses on computer security that have been taught across the country and is a faculty member of the SANS Institute, the Institute for Applied Network Security, and George Mason University. Dr. Ritchey holds masters and bachelors degrees in computer science from GMU and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from their School of Information Technology and Engineering. At Booz Allen, he leads a team dedicated to the development and maintenance of state-of-the-art information assurance capabilities. His focus is on the identification and elimination of the root causes of information assurance weaknesses.

This Event is For: Campus • Clark School • All Students • Faculty • Post-Docs • Alumni • Corporate • Donors

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