SOURCE: Alert Logic

February 02, 2010 09:00 ET Blog to Provide Best Practices in Cloud Security and Compliance for IT Leaders and Practitioners

Insights by Alert Logic CEO Gray Hall and Alert Logic Co-Founder and CTO Misha Govshteyn, as Well as Guest Experts on Security and Managed IT Infrastructure

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - (, a blog focused on cloud security insights, observations and analysis from experts in the security space, was formally launched today. Sponsored by Alert Logic, the smartest choice for securing networks and ensuring compliance, offers perspective and conversation-provoking insights from Gray Hall, CEO of Alert Logic, and Misha Govshteyn, co-founder and CTO of Alert Logic, who bring their IT service provider background to the table with a fresh perspective on cloud security. Both will tap their network of security and hosting industry experts as well as consumers of cloud security and compliance solutions to offer additional opinions and best practices for the audience.

Hall explains: "As pioneers of the hosting industry, we have seen the return to centralized computing evolve over the past dozen years from an interesting concept, to reality, to a large-scale investment in pursuit of mainstream cloud computing solutions. The world will continue to move in this direction for many years and perhaps decades. As entrepreneurs and business operators in the IT security industry, we know that for cloud computing solutions to become viable for mainstream business applications, security is key. is focused on the key steps we can take to accelerate the maturing of cloud computing solutions to the point where they are a fit for enterprise needs, particularly from a security point of view. Managed hosting companies and other types of service providers are bringing new and improved cloud computing solutions to market in 2010. Each of these developments is an important piece of this exciting puzzle. In this blog we want to ask questions, discuss alternatives, and help shed some light on this emerging space."

Both Hall and Goyshteyn previously co-founded and led hosting companies VeriCenter and Insync, respectively. Now that cloud security has become the key element in the overall cloud computing strategy for service providers, will help the industry educate existing and prospective customers on the risks and rewards of cloud computing.

The objectives for are primarily educational, aiming to:

 --     Advance our collective knowledge of the definitions, trends, and
        technologies for cloud security
 --     Discuss the business impact of cloud computing, and cloud security
        in particular
 --     Examine the strategic alternatives available to MSPs, Hosting
        companies, network service providers and telcos -- e.g., how are
        business models going to change?
 --     Clarify the choices and use cases for small businesses and large
        enterprises, and resolve the private versus public cloud debate,
        in a way that makes sense to business leaders
 --     Develop recommendations for creating a cloud security discipline
        within your organization
 --     Define and understand the critical factors that contribute to
        improving the customer experience
 --     Encourage discussions of lessons learned from cloud computing
 --     Collaborate with vendors, businesses, and individuals to exchange
        ideas, create an online repository of "next" practices, and report
        on new developments as they occur
 --     Disseminate information on news, events, and relevant articles
 --     Create a framework for measuring cloud security performance
 --     Invite contributions from experts in the field to answer your

"Our industry desperately needs this," said Govshteyn. "This blog brings together industry thought leaders to understand the critical factors that contribute to improving cloud security. It's all about advancing our customers' understanding of the options, explaining the new capabilities that truly create value, and alerting them to the hype and hopefully separating fact from marketing fiction."

About Gray Hall

Gray Hall is President & CEO of Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-powered security and compliance solutions. Gray joined Alert Logic in 2009 as a 20 year veteran of the IT industry. In 1999 Hall co-founded VeriCenter, a pioneer in managed IT services, and served as President and CEO until its successful sale to SunGard Data Systems in 2007. VeriCenter was a leading provider of Enterprise Hosting solutions, and under Hall's leadership delivered 7 years of consecutive revenue growth and achieved $80 million in annual sales. After VeriCenter, Gray served as Executive-in-Residence at Fidelity Equity Partners, a $500 million middle-market buyout fund backed by Fidelity Investments. Earlier in his career Hall spent seven years at IBM where he led the formation and launch of IBM's Center for Scalable Computing Solutions in 1994, and several years in the venture capital industry. Gray is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mezeo Software, Inc., a leading provider of cloud storage software.

About Misha Govshteyn

Misha Govshteyn is the CTO and co-founder of Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-powered security and compliance solutions. Misha is responsible for security strategy, security research and software development at Alert Logic. Prior to founding Alert Logic, Govshteyn served as a Director of Managed Services for Reliant Energy Communications. In this role, he developed and successfully launched five major product lines including Managed Intrusion Detection Services and managed enterprise firewall/VPN products. Under Govshteyn's direction, Managed Services was the fastest growing group at Reliant Energy Communications, increasing revenue by 300% and reaching profitability in less than a year. Prior to Reliant Energy Communications, he held the position of Director of Advanced Technical Services at Insync Internet Services.

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