Essay about Cloud Computing And The Internet

1811 Words Nov 21st, 2016 8 Pages
In its beginning, the Internet was much slower than it is today, requiring companies to host their own networks in order to interconnect their computer systems. As the Internet continues to evolve and become faster with each passing year, the ability has emerged for companies to cut costs by offloading their networks to companies who host these services over the Internet. This practice has widely come to be known as Cloud Computing. The benefits of such a service are many, but it does come with its own risks. Those who take advantage of such services are exposed to various attacks utilizing the Internet. These potential attacks include, but are not limited to, web browser attacks, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and Man-in-the-Middle attacks. In this paper, cloud computing and the three models offered by providers will be defined, then each of these potential attack vectors and ways Administrators may mitigate the risks of these attacks will be explored.
In today’s market, people’s understanding of cloud computing is basic, and each person you might ask has a different definition for these systems. In short, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as, “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction” (Mell et al. 2). While that definition may provide…

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