Is WikiLeaks a boost for the Cloud?

Am I an angry cloud or a happy cloud?I've always been a great believer of the cloud, central information storage and protection. I've uses as much as possible into the cloud and did that already years ago. As a result of the WikiLeaks debate I suddenly see a lot of stories on banning physical storage devices, just today I noticed:
These stories remind me on a conversation I was having a few years back. It was in a meeting of a confidential nature, complete with NDA's and other security measures. However powerpoint presentations where moved between computers on thumb drives, because it was a confidential matter and email could not be trusted. I was challenging the parties involved by asking why the presentations couldn't be stored securely in the cloud. The feedback was of the nature: 'how can you even consider doing such a thing?' I continued the debate with a simple risk analysis: What is the risk someone forgets one of the thumb drives in this room and exposes the confidential documents to the next users of this meeting room versus the risk of my secure cloud storage being hacked. We couldn't continue the debate, we had more important and very confidential stuff to deal with. 

I evangelized the cloud back then and I still do it today. The discussion fueled by WikiLeaks is helping to question the security of documents on physical carriers. WikiLeaks might even help the adoption of the cloud.

What is your idea on cloud storage versus local physical storage?


Image: Kevin Dooley

1 comments

Practically: everything in the cloud means you need a good fast reliable internet connection. Which can still be a problem.

Another disadvantage: when everything is online, you rely on the host that your data is available when you want it to be available. You also need to be able to trust the host that they don't scan the data, share it without your knowledge, etc. And what happens if say google at first doesn't do strange things, but they find out through cookies, the use of the search engine and your gmail that you might be intrested in things you shouldn't be intrested in. How you can be sure they don't give the FBI access to your data? Just because they say they won't?

But besides that: I agree with you're example. Highly confidential but you take it with you and forget it in the train as has happened before. When leaving the data on a secured server, the only risk is someone hacks himself access to the data.

I'm definitely not 100% sure but it sure has advantages.

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