How secure is cloud computing?

I have been at a discussion meeting on information assurance this evening. It was held under the Chatham House rule, so I can’t attribute remarks to particular participants.
However, a senior civil servant (who has therefore to remain nameless) made the following interesting comment about the security of cloud computing:
‘It is like driving at speed into the fog without turning your headlights on.’

One thought on “How secure is cloud computing?”

  1. It is more like driving up to the front of a hotel and handing your car keys over to someone who looks like they are wearing a uniform and leaving your laptop with all your files on the back seat of the car.

    Servers get hacked. That is life. If you can access something via the internet so can anyone else. Look how many high profile gmail, hotmail and yahoo mail accounts have been hacked – they were the first cloud.

    Servers crash. That too is life. If you don’t have a back-up you don’t have your data.

    Businesses crash. If your cloud is hosted on the server the bailiffs walk out the door, there is not much you can do about it.

    It is not all negative. I do see an advantage in renting software via the cloud if it is expensive and you only need the software in the short term. The problem is you have to keep paying or you may not be able to access files later, even when they are hosted on your own computer.

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