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An analysis of Information Systems Security Management (ISSM): The hierarchical organizations vs. emergent organization

I found this paper very interesting simply because it encourage organisations to adopt Information Systems (IS). The use of Information systems in organisation tends to help the organisation to meet up with the competitions in their business sector. The short review of this journal was recorded bellow (See video).

” the introduction of IT has made most businesses to grow fast”

As interesting as this paper is, i will have love if the author can explain in details this statement and also to explain how this how the IT has made the business grow fast.

Any emergent organisation need to make sure that there is adequate security countermeasures in place in order to secure data and information of the data users.The use of internet has gone viral. According to internet live statistics (see figure bellow) there are lots of internet users.

internet

Therefore as we all know that internet is one of the best innovation that has ever happened to this technology. The adoption of internet  is  very  much supported by the rapid technology advancement and the  increasing  demand  from  business  stakeholders. Together with the introduction of the Internet with its remarkable  features,  plus  the  free-form  of  policing practiced  make  the  Internet  more  attractive  and engaging.

having said that, Internet  attraction  has become  the  magnet  which attracts  abuser  to  misuse  the Internet for their own selfish interest. In my previous post, i talked about some of the issues that can be facing Cloud Computing some of which are security issues as denial of service attack, Hacking and fishing. Meanwhile such security attack will definitely put risk to information and data of service users.  Therefore this problem has led to many Information Security study  to  combat  threats  and protect  the  business.

In conclusion this a good paper but I will have loved if the author talked about the best security measures that emergent organisations can implement. The author does not go into details the reasons why most organisation decides to  go in for digital strategies to streamline their operations rather than the traditional operational methods.

Refference

Internet Live Stat. Source: http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/. Assessed: 10/11/2015.

Azah Anir Norman and Norizan Mohd Yasin, International Journal of Digital Society (IJDS), Volume 1, Issue 3, IEEE Xplore Abstract: Source: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5402551&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D5402551 Accessed: 10/11/2015

 

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Cloud Computing

 

 “There is no longer any doubt that, as a critical set of enabling technologies, cloud can significantly impact how any organization conducts its business. As cloud begins to become more mainstream within the business environment, we are seeing organizations move from the ‘when and why’ of the cloud adoption process to instead focus on the how”

Bryan Cruickshank EMEA Region Cloud Leader, KPMG in the UK”

This is a very interesting topic that we (see picture above) discussed in the lecture. From the discussion, i was able to gather information about the good and bad side of Cloud computing.

Cloud computing has fundamentally brought changes to the way information or data is storage, processed and handled. According to Stephen Fry (See video below) he explained in detailed how cloud computing was historically generated and the fascinating way in which cloud computing brought changes to computer thinking.

It has brought a new way of distributing and processing of digital data i.e. it totally changed the format in which Information Systems is created, developed, measured, maintained, sustained and funded. The use of cloud computing involve the use of software services and hardware resources which is the used by organisation to virtualized the entire platform across various host computers of the software providers which are connected via internet or an organisation internal network. Some of the organisations which are successfully using cloud services are amazon web services, google, and Microsoft. Taylor 2010. The development of cloud service model has enhance business supporting technology more efficiently than ever before. Bryan Cruickshank the Cloud Leader in the UK says:

“IN SOME WAYS, SUCCESS REALLY COMES DOWN TO THE TONE AT THE TOP OF HOW CRITICALLY THEY VIEW CLOD AS AN ENABLER AND POTENTIAL DIFFERENTIATOR FOR THE BUSINESS. THOSE WITH A HIGHLY DEVELOPED SENSE OF ENTERPRISE WILL GAIN THE MOST FROM THE CLOUD”

Meanwhile we can see that almost every social network organisation and mobile service providers now use Cloud Computing Services to offer better service to their customer in terms of data storage backup and essay access to data.

Having said that, there are some other downside of cloud computing. The National Institute of Education forum in Singapore talks about the security issues and vulnerability of cloud computing. See the video below:

Based on that talk, we can see that some service users are very cautious with their  data being stored in a remote location mainly because of security issues such as malicious insiders, service denial attack (hacking), insecure interfaces and APIs, threat of service or account traffic hijacking, data loss and sheared technology vulnerability. All these threat need to addressed in order to gain customer or service users confident in using cloud computing services.

Reference

Cloud Security Alliance (2013): The notorious Nine cloud computing threats in 2013. Source: http://blackboard.salford.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/pid-1557024-dt-content-rid-3430574_1/courses/BN-CTM-Y1S2-IS-15/The_Notorious_Nine_Cloud_Computing_Top_Threats_in_2013%281%29%20copy.pdf. Assesed: 04/03/2015

Cloud Computing Conference in singapore, CLOUDSEC congress 2013-Security Strategy for visualization and Cloud Computing. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGt-WZ0la2M. Accessed: 04/03/2015.

Cloud Computing Image. Feb 2014. source: http://www.coolheadtech.com/blog/cloud-computing-pros-and-cons.

KPMG UK. The Cloud takes Shape: Global Cloud Survery and the implementation challenge. Source: http://blackboard.salford.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/pid-1557024-dt-content-rid-3430573_1/courses/BN-CTM-Y1S2-IS-15/the-cloud-takes-shape2014.pdf. Accessed: 02/03/2015.

Stephen Fry explain how cloud computing has brought changes to computer thinking. Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9LK6EtxzgM. Accessed: 02/03/2015

Taylor. M, Haggerty J, Grest/. D. (2010) Digital evidence in cloud computing systems. Retrieved: Jhttp://www.beknowledge.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/d3d94Digitalevidence-in-cloud-computing-systems_2010_Computer-Law-and-Security-Report.pdf. Pub. ELSEVIER Pg. 304-308 Accessed: 05/02/2015