While cloud computing can introduce a whole new level of cyber risk, it can also help bolster a client’s information security, the cyber risk manager for one of Canada’s largest retailers suggests.

“I will say without any hesitation, as I have been saying for over five years, the potential for security in a cloud architecture is much higher than any single organization,” Vivek Khindria, vice president of cyber security and technology risk for Toronto-based supermarket chain Loblaw Companies Ltd., said during the recent International Cyber Risk Management Conference.

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Loblaw’s retailers include No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Provigo, valu-mart, Zehrs and Fortinos.

Some cloud providers are adding more security options to their services, Khindria said.

“With the exception of the major banks and [a large] organization like Loblaws, most companies do not have the resources to manage all the complexities, all the threat intelligence sources, all of the technologies and being subject matter experts on every element of that infrastructure,” Khindria said April 16 during a panel discussion at ICRMC, held at the Metro Convention Centre and produced by MSA Research Inc.

ICRMC panelists discussed the importance of “hygiene,” which Symantec Corp. (the maker of Norton anti-virus) describes as a metaphor (like brushing teeth to prevent cavities) about resisting cyber threats. Proper hygiene could include things like password protection, a network firewall and anti-malware software, Symantec says.

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