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Friday, 10 June 2011 10:19

Don't worry about where your cloud data is

Written by Nick Farell
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Google claims it is all safe
Insecurity experts should stop banging on about where data is located in cloud computing models, according to Google. Chief security officer for Google Apps, Eran Feigenbaum, told SC Magazine Australia that everyone is wasting time being concerned about data sovereignty in outsourced environments.

Eran "Raven" Feigenbaum said that it was an old way of thinking. Real security experts should worry about security and privacy of data, rather than where it is stored.

Security professionals are getting increasingly rattled by global cloud models where corporate data could be seized by law enforcement. Gartner analyst Andrew Walls warned that punters has little control over what happens to outsourced data once it goes onto the cloud.

Since Google does not give a physical inspection of their data centres, the only thing that users have is a contract. The standard contract has plenty of get out of jail cards.


Nick Farell

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+17 #1 darkpulse 2011-06-10 12:07
Well, i think people should think before putting their data on the clouds and let it drift away. After it does, there is no use no matter how much they cry or shout..... :-*
 
 
+11 #2 STRESS 2011-06-10 12:39
Yeah right as if google cares about security of your data.
 
 
+13 #3 ivansoze 2011-06-10 14:24
blinded by the cloud...oh yes, here's all my info, clone me plz!! Neo, where are u?
 
 
-9 #4 thematrix606 2011-06-10 14:56
Quoting ivansoze:
blinded by the cloud...oh yes, here's all my info, clone me plz!! Neo, where are u?


I'm right here to save the day! Zombies?
 
 
+17 #5 Cartman 2011-06-10 18:09
Google wants to have your data on their servers, now my big question is WTF would you give permission to see your files when HDDs are cheap as a chewing gum today, seriously 1Tb HDD is [censored]ing a lot of storage and its very cheap today like WD black 1 tb with 64 mb cache...
 
 
+4 #6 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-11 09:16
We would first need proper legal restrictions and limitations of use and strict and severe in punishment if that data is mishandled, and only then we might see some people put their trust in it.

Clouds are good, if people are in a multinational system and want to have access to the data from anywhere else. But other than that I don't see a point.

I bet the idea will puff away eventually.
 
 
+4 #7 roberto.tomas 2011-06-12 15:24
a good model for security against seizure would be to distribute the data securely over data centers in many nations, so that no one or even few nations could seize and combine the stored-form data to extract the clients data. That would increase the size of those files several, several fold, not only do you need far stronger encryption for stored data than you do for transmission, but you need to encode the data so individual pages can't be hacked. It would slow down the access quite a bit, and require the client machines handle the reassembly of client data.
 

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