Cloud security? Better get a lawyer, son!

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Cloud Security For Businesses

Cloud security? Better get a lawyer, son!

Summary: Moving your data into the cloud creates a raft of security challenges, but, according to information security specialists, those challenges are less about hackers and more about data availability and signing the right contracts.


In this Special Report

Table of Contents
  1. Raising the stakes

    When data is resides in a company's own datacentre, the onus on protecting that data from outage or breach falls upon that company. Cloud turns that on its head.

  2. What to look for

    Customers need assurance from their supplier that it can maintain the three pillars of security: confidentiality, data integrity and data availability.

  3. Who's responsible?

    A lot of cloud security is about contract management, something that has traditionally been handled by a company's purchasing and legal teams.

  4. Crossing boundaries

    Hosting your cloud services on Amazon's servers might make for high availability and redundancy, but that very redundancy can be a problem.

  1. Keeping the bastards honest

    Contracts are all well and good, but how do you know whether the cloud services are actually being provided as the contract specifies?

  2. The sharks are circling

    The increase of the amount of linked data which is held in the same cloud sanctum makes a fatter target at which hackers can aim.

Topics: Cloud, Big Data, Data Management, Hardware, Security, Servers, Virtualization


Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust.

He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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  • It is really no different from the security of your money in a bank. Saying that putting your money in a bank increases the risk of it being stolen is a statement most people would think is strange. Sure you have to chose the right bank (say not one run out of a shed in Penrith) but the aggregation of money (or data) actually makes it more secure because more resources are put into protecting it.
  • not many banks send their money to the 3rd world to keep safe cheaply
  • My Money is also not unique to everyone else's, it is physically composed to be generic and transferable. This is where the analogy of a money in a bank and storing data in the cloud is flawed.