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Audience Favored: Yes (74%)
NSA can reveal business secrets
Robin Harris: This is a no-brainer. You have a fiduciary responsibility to stockholders. You have important business secrets. Cloud computing and storage benefits cannot justify the risks of breaching responsibilities or losing secrets.
Yes, you should encrypt all data before it leaves the site, for any provider. But the analytical capabilities of the NSA can connect webs of people, places and activities to reveal corporate plans.
State sponsored industrial espionage has a long history. If the NSA can read your data, travel itineraries, meeting notes, bank statements and research data so can other intelligence services. NSA backdoors have made the Internet less secure for everyone.
Bottom line: if the NSA can steal your data so can others. NSA analysts can be corrupted. By demanding that cloud providers secure their services against the NSA you help insure your security against other intelligence and nonstate actors.
And don't forget to lobby your Congressmen to get the NSA under control.
Blocking NSA is easy: Just lock your doors
Larry Seltzer: So now you've got the NSA to worry about too? No question about it, you have to assume they may come after the data in your cloud too. What should you do about it? Nothing special. Just keep doing the things you should be doing anyway.
In just about every case of sneaky and sophisticated NSA hacking we've heard of, the Agency was exploiting the failure of their target to employ some best practice. Consider the latest new about Yahoo! and Google: Even data over private lines between two private facilities should be encrypted.
But this stuff is complicated and can be expensive, even for Google, so if the NSA wants to get you they probably can. And if you fail at the level Google failed, nobody has any good reason to get that mad at you for it.