Salesforce: Cloud warnings are good news

Salesforce: Cloud warnings are good news

Summary: Salesforce.com hails a warning about the risks of cloud computing as evidence that the technology is maturing.

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On Wednesday, Salesforce.com responded to an open letter sent by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) that warned that cloud-computing services are not being subjected to the same rigorous examination as outsourcing before being adopted. "The letter is an acknowledgment that Australian financial services institutions are rapidly adopting cloud computing — just like their counterparts in North America, Europe and other parts of Asia — and need to be judicious in their deployment of cloud services," Salesforce said in a statement.

The company's statement came in the wake of the International Association of Privacy Professionals conference in Sydney, where the local industry debated the security and privacy questions surrounding cloud computing.

"Cybercriminals can control servers in clouds, denying legitimate users access to websites and targeting websites with repeated messages or images," the Australian minister for home affairs and justice Brendan O'Connor said. "There have also been suggestions that clouds can be used as launching pads for new attacks, such as trying all possible password combinations to break into encrypted data."

For more on this story, read Salesforce: APRA cloud warnings not bad on ZDNet Australia.

Topics: Cloud, Enterprise Software

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  • RE: Salesforce: Cloud warnings are good news

    Let's rephrase O'connor "Cybercriminals can control (and have controlled) traditional servers, denying legitimate users access to websites and targeting websites with repeated messages or images," "There have also been suggestions that traditional servers in corporate data centres can be used as launching pads for new attacks, such as trying all possible password combinations to break into encrypted data."

    Just to put it in perspective that is :) The real problem with SaaS clouds is what happens to your data if your SaaS vendor goes out of business? Is it in a proprietary format that you can not retrieve? From a security perspective it makes no difference whether your data can be hacked locally (in your corporate run data center, or outsourced data center) or if it is hacked on the cloud, it;s still hacked. This, of course assumes that your SaaS provider is taking all necessary precautions of course.
    DougAlder