The Impact of Cloud on IT Security
Cloud computing brings advantages and challenges to the IT Security team. A good cloud computing service provider lifts the burden of a lot of routine cyber hygiene actions. But you cannot outsource liability – you still have to take care. In particular, careful consideration is needed to make sure that the system owner is clear about the remaining responsibilities for security patching and vulnerability management: not all cloud options have the same ITSEC implications. In addition, the cloud service needs to be set up to perform when bad things happen. For example in a hybrid environment pre-agreements on monitoring feeds, the collection of logs and the ability to capture forensic images of infected systems may be essential for a full investigation of incidents.
Director DG DIGIT, European Commission (Brussels)
Ken Ducatel is the Director of the IT Security Directorate in DG DIGIT in the European Commission. This newly created Directorate (2016) is reinforcing the IT Security capability and resources in the Commission to meet the rising threat of cybersecurity, as cyber-attacks have not only increased exponentially but have also become more sophisticated and harder to detect. Since August 1st, 2017, he is also Acting Head of CERT-EU, the Commission's Crisis and Emergency Response Team. He is appointed member of the ENISA Management Board since 2014.
Ken has worked on information society policy for thirty years, holding different functions in the European institutions since 1997, including member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (2004-2008) responsible for Lisbon Strategy & Policies for the Information Society. In January 2009 he became Head of Unit for the "Digital Agenda: Policy Coordination" in DG Information Society. In July 2012 he took over the unit "Software and Service, Cloud Computing Unit" in the newly formed DG CONNECT.
Ken holds a PhD in economic geography from Bristol University and an MSc in transport policy from Cranfield University in the UK. He was a member of the Faculty of University of Manchester for 14 years.