High Profile Outages Raise Cloud Questions

By Wendy Sanacore
Recently there have been some high-profile outages of popular sites, including one which incorporates a pretty severe security breach.
Back in June, arguably one of the world’s most popular e-commerce sites, Amazon, experienced a complete US outage that lasted for approximately 2 hours. And just recently, Sony experienced a security breach that potentially released 100 million credit card numbers.
This has brought the issue of cloud security to the front of people’s minds.
“Cloud computing companies have done a good job convincing customers that their data is safe, even though that may not be the case,” said Jay Heiser, Gartner cloud security analyst.
However, many experts believe that this will not be the downfall of cloud computing. According to an article by David Linthicum on infoworld.com, the logic behind that sentiment by Heiser is inconsistent.
He maintains that Sony did not take the proper steps to secure its data, and that should not in any manner reflect on cloud computing or other cloud providers.
He points out that Sony is not  a provider of cloud computing but merely a user of the service. Sony does not sell PaaS, Iaas, or Saas. Linthicum maintains that Sony just simply failed at the basics of computing security.
Security concerns are always top of mind and security breaches happen every day. As users, we all want to assume our data is safe, but the fact is, we have a choice. We can protect our data completely by not sharing it online or else by sharing it, we run the risk of hackers discovering and using our personal data.
There were security breaches before cloud computing was ever invented and there are still going to be security breaches with cloud computing. The reality is, the only way to truly 100% protect your data on the web is to not make online purchases. Really, it’s your call. What do you think?
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