Cloud Computing, Information Security, and Privacy in Higher Education

Wednesday, April 06 | 12:00PM–1:00PM | Texas Ballroom DE/Fourth Level
Session Type: Professional Development
Cloud computing is one of the most significant and profound changes to impact IT in the past 20 years. According to the 2010 Campus Computing project, nearly 85% of four-year colleges and universities are already using or considering moving to the cloud by offering hosted e-mail to their students. In this session, Eran Feigenbaum will examine how cloud computing affects information security and privacy in higher education. He will include an explicit definition of cloud computing as well as the different "layers" of cloud computing (e.g., infrastructure, platform, application), focusing on the application layer. Feigenbaum will provide a peek into how Google secures its cloud, highlight the security benefits of cloud computing, and discuss how Google has worked with schools to address security and privacy needs specific to higher education.


As the Director of Security for Google Apps, Eran defines and implements security strategy for Google's suite of solutions of Enterprise Products.

Prior to joining Google in 2007, Eran was the US Chief Information Security Officer for PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC). At PwC, he led a team responsible for all aspects of network, server, application, and desktop computer security, as well as security policies, architectures, standards and enforcement. Earlier, Eran spent several years designing and implementing high-performance cryptosystems for electronic commerce solutions for Fortune 1000 clients and government agencies.

Eran holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Irvine, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. In his spare time, he enjoys performing magic and mentalism and was featured on the NBC television show Phenomenon.