Clouded Trust in Cloud Computing World

By CIOReview | Monday, February 24, 2014
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FREMONT, CA: Filling the trust deficit in the cloud infrastructure is a herculean task. Cloud brings in magnificence of agility, mobility, flexibility and connectivity but Snowden revelations have sowed equal amount of apprehension and concern in the minds of the companies and governments worldwide, reports Jaikumar Vijayan from Computerworld.

There were reports about U.S. cloud service providers all set for major sabbatical post Snowden revelations, like Information Technology & Innovation Foundation has said that the leaks would result in U.S. cloud service providers losing about 20 percent of the foreign customers to competitors abroad. Cloud Security Alliance had similar views about U.S. data hosting. However, that doesn’t seem to be the reality as there is less than expected impact of the Snowden revelations on the cloud service business. Though there have been changes in security and privacy policies.

Companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google have stressed for end-to-end data encryption in order to preserve data integrity. Strong encryption algorithms and better encryption key management allow the data to be encrypted while at rest, in use or in transit. Besides, the emergence of private clouds could mean better security as private cloud offers enhanced data access restrictions and greater control over the company data. However, several non-IT companies having no technical expertise as such and using cloud services can be a potential target of the cyber attackers.

Meanwhile, McAfee has predicted that cloud-based applications like IaaS, PaaS and SaaS will be more prone to attacks. It also predicts that the new entrants to the cloud market stand vulnerable to attacks before they get into the groove and take effective steps in plugging the loop holes in their security infrastructure and management.