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Hybrid Cloud For Dummies by Dan Kirsch, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Judith Hurwitz

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Exploring the Risks of Running in the Cloud

We’ve talked a bit about some of the factors that lead to security risks in the cloud environment. Now, we go into a little more detail about the specific kinds of risks you might face, beginning with the categories of security risks. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a government standards body, computer systems are subject to many threats ranging from loss of data to loss of a whole computing facility because of fire or natural disaster. These losses can come from trusted employees or from hackers. NIST divides these risks into the following categories:

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check.png Malicious hackers

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Threats to individual personal privacy

Many of the same security risks that companies ...

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