[June 26, 2011] Miami, FL – Leading South Florida managed IT services provider Invizio has entered into an exclusive technology content partnership with online news portal South Florida Caribbean News (SFLCN.com). Invizio has been tapped to report on breaking consumer and business technology news to SFLCN.com’s audience of Caribbean-American professionals and business owners residing in South Florida and across the globe.
“We are excited to be partnering with South Florida Caribbean News to provide valuable information to those with a vested interest in the Caribbean-American community,” said Kevin V. Michael, Invizio Managing Partner. “We look forward to sharing our expertise and empowering our business leaders with insider knowledge of the ever changing technology landscape.”
Invizio, the brainchild of Antiguan entrepreneurs Kevin V. Michael and Kyle J. Hurst, was founded in 2008 to address the small business community’s need for reliable outsourced IT support, IT infrastructure development and management. Recently, Invizio has gained notoriety for their leadership taking Miami law firm delancyhill, P.A. virtual, utilizing an integrated Cloud infrastructure, saving the law firm approximately $108,000 in annual operating expenditures. This story was recently featured in the June issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and on the local morning show South Florida Today on NBC 6.
Written by Mr. Michael and Mr. Hurst, Invizio’s technology content for SFLCN.com will cover a wide range of technology news and trends including expert commentary on all aspects of corporate technology, responses to breaking technology news and on-going small business IT issues, changes in the IT industry, and IT operations and best practices.
“South Florida Caribbean News takes pride in delivering timely and relevant content to our readership. To have on-going insight into the world of technology is a positive step in equipping our community with the resources and information to compete in this digital age,” said Ian Hamilton, co- founder of SFLCN.com. “We are excited to have Invizio on board and look forward to their lively commentary on all things technology.”
After a few days, working tirelessly to design a robust ‘private’ cloud infrastructure solution, maneuver vendors and nail down the cost of a project to meet the needs of a potential client who we perceived to have deep concerns with regards to security in the ‘public’ cloud, they quite elegantly and rhetorically stated “Let’s go with a public cloud, this whole concept of security is illusory anyway”.
Wow. Just like that, all the back and forth with vendors, carefully crafted proposal and presentation went out the window. Nonetheless, we enthusiastically proceeded to redesign the infrastructure on a public cloud that would meet their needs, reduce upfront expenditure and remove them of any and all ownership of hardware.
The client did, however, make a great point. While I don’t necessarily believe that information security is illusory, I do feel the argument that a private cloud (where an organization owns and manages its infrastructure, or in some cases is housed on dedicated hardware) is more secure than a public cloud, is based on some degree of illusion.
Whether your cloud computing infrastructure is public (provided by a cloud service provider) or private (at your office or in a datacenter), the strategies and tactics required of you to maintain security are no different. Here are two quick points about cloud security that I wanted to share.
Cloud Computing Security Is Not a Problem of Shared Infrastructure
We wouldn’t even be talking about the cloud, if it wasn’t for the advancements that we’ve seen in virtualization technology. For those unfamiliar, virtualization technology is what allows a cloud service provider (CSP) to logically partition their resources (CPU, storage, memory) into individual chunks and provision it either permanently or on-demand to different organizations and individuals. So while your data may reside on the same physical hardware, it is kept logically separated by the layers of virtualization technology that keep track of what belongs to who. It’s been unfairly assumed that because your data is shared in this way, that it is somehow inherently insecure. Whether you’re trying to keep your dedicated server secure or your small chunk of the public cloud safe from attackers, the rules are more or less the same.
Cloud Computing Security is a Shared Responsibility
Sure, Amazon, Rackspace or any other cloud service provider is responsible for the security of your cloud infrastructure, but only to a point. You still need to ensure that the security controls provided by the CSP are used appropriately, and that the applications you place in the cloud are securely designed. To assume that the CSP is responsible for the security of everything is irresponsible and ignores the fact that as the consumer of cloud services, you also have a responsibility to enact relevant security practices and policies. Being in the cloud, does not suddenly absolve of you this concern.
So to answer the question, is security in the cloud illusory? No. It’s a very real concern. However, understanding that good security practices apply to virtually any network connected system whether or not you control the hardware is certainly not.
This past Friday, our co-founder and Managing Partner, Kevin V. Michael made an appearance on NBC6 daytime show ‘South Florida Today’. Interviewed by NBC’s Trina Robinson, Kevin was on to talk about Invizio client delancyhill’s feature article in the June issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, technology trends and more. Check it out!
Kevin V. Michael, Co-founder and Managing Partner of managed IT services firm Invizio has been selected as one of South Florida’s “40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” awarded by Legacy Magazine in partnership with The Miami Herald. The elite distinction is granted annually by a distinguished and highly selective committee comprised of past 40 Under 40 alumni.
Mr. Michael’s passion, expertise and enthusiasm for technology has placed him among South Florida’s brightest minds in the IT industry. Most recently Mr. Michael was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine for his leadership taking a Miami law firm into the digital age by creating a virtual Cloud infrastructure saving the firm over $63,000 annually while allowing the firm to operate without the boundaries of physical office space.
Mr. Michael is active in the local business community as a member of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Apart from his involvement in business, Mr. Michael currently serves as the Treasurer of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association and continues to be involved in community service through the Rotaract Club of Coral Gables.
A rising star and a shining example of what our community in South Florida has to offer, Mr. Michael along with the 39 other “40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” awardees will be honored at a lunch reception and his achievements will be featured in the June issue of Legacy Magazine distributed in The Miami Herald.
“My goal has always been to provide great service to our clients and to be an involved member of my community,” said Mr. Michael. “To be recognized as a ’40 Under 40 Leader of Today and Tomorrow’ is a humbling honor, one that motivates me to keep striving for the best in everything I do.”