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Can You Trust The Cloud?

Written by Steve Leader on December 27, 2013
Brian Westbrook

FM News 101 Tech Expert Brian Westbrook says cloud security will be a big issue in 2014.  Cloud is another name for data centers and servers around the world that store a growing amount of our personal information.  Westbrook says virtually everything is on the cloud –  pictures, bank files, and health data.

Hackers see the cloud as a treasure trove that can make them rich.  Getting into those cloud servers is easier than you might imagine.  Bloomberg Businessweek reports a security firm offered a cash prize to the person who could hack an average web-based server in the least amount of time.  A California college student managed to do it in just four hours.

According to Westbrook, cloud servers sometimes get hacked because administrators failed to change the default password, which is sort of like leaving the key in an unlocked car.

Westbrook says most of us fail to do our research and instead, blindly trust companies to keep our information secure.  He says you’d be wise to check the company’s reputation. Ask about their security measures.  Ask if they’ve ever been hacked before.  And if you decide to go with them, be careful of what types of information you hand over.

Westbrook says: “You don’t necessarily need to submit your entire life profile to a website just to be able to sign up to share pictures with your friends.”

Posted Under: Local Headlines, Technology News

1 reply to “Can You Trust The Cloud?

  1. Ulf Mattsson

    I agree that “Hackers see the cloud as a treasure trove that can make them rich. Getting into those cloud servers is easier than you might imagine”. We know that the trend is that more and more types of information is covered by different privacy laws and the enforcement activities are now escalating. Current threats to data and escalating regulations are rapidly changing the security landscape.

    The fact is that you are actually using somebody else’s computer when using public cloud computing. In many popular public cloud environments, my data is NOT under my control, NOT in a computer within in my organization and potentially NOT in a country or location that I know about. My Data may NOT even be stored or processed in a compliant way in an accepted country, by a 3rd party and/or cloud provider. I may not have information about who can access my data, maybe administrators or other tenants. I may be sharing disk, memory and other infrastructure components with parties that I don’t know about. They maybe stealing my data.

    Therefore I think that all sensitive data should be encrypted or tokenized before it is sent to the cloud.

    Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity


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