Blog post by Alan Salton, President of abas-USA
I recently had dinner with a colleague of mine from Europe. “After the Snowden affair,” he told me, “most people I know will never put their business data in the cloud. You can never protect yourself from someone who wants to see what you put in the cloud, not even if you are Google.”
This made me think: most companies’ value is in their talent, their intellectual property, their processes and their information. One this information leaves their protection, it compromises whatever competitive edge they may have created over many years.
For some organizations, the cloud offers some advantages –reduced costs, scalability, variety in performance and more. With cloud deployment options ranging from private to hybrid to public, the scale of benefits vary– but so do the risks. Moving down the cloud continuum from on-premise to private to hybrid and then public cloud, a company’s control and visibility into security policies decreases, and risk increase proportionally.
There is always a potential for data leakage with cloud-based apps, once you expose your data to the web. We have seen companies like VISA, The New York Times, Apple, and NBC have their systems compromised. In a recent survey of 583 U.S companies conducted by Ponemon Research on behalf of Juniper Networks, 90% of the respondents said their organizations’ computers had been breached at least once by hackers over the past 12 months.
Now, with the revelations about the NSA accessing data, phone messages, and emails from just about everyone, the climate is even more apprehensive. Imagine what a more antagonistic group could do. Companies have a fiduciary responsibility to their stockholders. They may have important business secrets or confidential data. It is hard to balance cloud computing and storage benefits with the risks of a breach. Even if you encrypt all data before it leaves the site, the analytical capabilities used by the NSA can connect webs of people, places and activities to reveal corporate data.
The next time we decide to have dinner together, I think I will extend a personal invitation and pay with cash, so no one can see who I may be dining with and how I am doing on my diet.
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