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Cloud computing enters mainstream, but questions remain over impact

Cloud computing enters mainstream, but questions remain over impact | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While the rise of the cloud continues, businesses are starting to ask questions about its impact on working practices, IT security and data availability
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Cloud computing has emerged from its awkward adolescent stage. As recently as three years ago cloud-based providers would expect to be placed on a tender with several on-premise competitors; today organisations are increasingly stipulating that any solutions must be delivered via the cloud.

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Marvel Is Forcing Google To Identify The ‘Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaker

Marvel Is Forcing Google To Identify The ‘Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaker | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

When the trailer was uploaded to Google Drive, it was associated with a “John Gazelle;” Marvel is asking Google to hand over all information related to Mr. Gazelle, including address(es), name(s), email address(es) and so forth.

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A federal judge granted Marvel’s request for a subpoena, which will give Google no choice but to hand the leaker’s information over.

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INFOGRAPHIC History Of Computer Threats

INFOGRAPHIC History Of Computer Threats | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A fast-fact look at The History of Computer Security Threats. Security threats are constant, in many cases extremely calculated and inevitably unforgiving.

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Understanding cloud computing’s risk

Understanding cloud computing’s risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Ignore the claims by fearmongers, who are impeding the march of cloud computing. Risk management is what counts
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The claims by the fearmongers run the gamut from somewhat credible to singularly outrageous.

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The Most Simple Explanation Of Cloud Computing Ever, From Google

The Most Simple Explanation Of Cloud Computing Ever, From Google | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Google employs 450 full-time engineers to stop hackers and other snoopers from breaking into its data centers and cloud services. And today, Google published a report card of sorts on how well they are doing in those matters.

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The new report explains how Google’s cloud computing services work and why they are safe (Edward Snowden be darned).

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How to secure the cloud

How to secure the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For many of us, the primary reason we use 'the cloud' is for storage—whether it's storing email through services like Gmail and Yahoo!, photos on Flickr, or personal documents on Dropbox. Many organizations like hospitals and banks utilize the cloud to store data on patient and customer information.
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Regardless of the scenario, it's clear that precious personal information is stored in the cloud, and we'd like to think it's secure up there. ...............

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Stormy days for the cloud

Stormy days for the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Shaken confidence in the American cloud industry could cost it $180 billion, or 25 percent, by 2016, with much of that revenue going to foreign competitors in Australia, Germany and France.
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For the oddest of reasons the author appears to put the entire blame on Edward Snowden ignoring the fact that it was the NSA's PRISM program that was in breach of privacy laws.

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The Privacy Act and the Cloud - Data Protection - Australia

The Privacy Act and the Cloud - Data Protection - Australia | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
9 Feb 2014 - Australia - Data Protection - The Privacy Act and the Cloud - Shelston IP - The Privacy Act comes into effect in a period of turbulence, with a surge in subscriptions to cloud computing services.
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Consent is one of the central themes of the amended Australian Privacy Act. The amended Act requires the express, informed consent of a user at the point personal information is collected, with clear communication on the intended purpose for collecting the information.

 

 

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NSA paid $10 million to put their backdoor in RSA encryption, according to Reuters report

NSA paid $10 million to put their backdoor in RSA encryption, according to Reuters report | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When leaked documents claimed to have caught the NSA inserting bad protocols into the national standards board NIST, it raised more questions than answers. Why would the NSA go to the trouble of inserting a inferior standard into NIST's set of four, when most cryptographers would simply ignore the bad algorithm in favor of the others?
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Ten million is no joke and it would coerce most people, which suggests that encryption on its own will not work. Pass the encryption key to the user and all is solved. Mega.co.nz already does this which is why I will always suggest them for storage needs.

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Building Secure Cloud Apps: CSA, SAFECode Provide Guidance

Building Secure Cloud Apps: CSA, SAFECode Provide Guidance | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
New guidance aims to enable developers and cloud implementaters to build secure deployments, but don't expect any secret tips on how to avoid government snooping.
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Great to see so many articles concentrating on the efforts that are going into security. If this aspect is solved the transition to cloud will be so0oner rather than later.

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Cloud computing: is it right for you?

Cloud computing: is it right for you? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It's the latest technology trend, but is it more than a fad? Guy Clapperton weighs up whether cloud computing is appropriate for small firms
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I suppose it is healthy to present different opinions and here the author has his doubts as to the viability of the cloud. Can one truly sleep at night once your data is in the cloud?

 

Of course not every cloud service provider is for everyone. But to suspect that service providers can just go belly flop and that is the end of your data is being a bit paranoid.

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Paul O'Dwyer's curator insight, October 27, 1:05 AM

The effective use of technology gives professional service firms an advantage...

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Oh Google. Of course email users expect privacy -- you promised it to them

Oh Google. Of course email users expect privacy -- you promised it to them | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The company has claimed in a legal document that Gmail users and their correspondents have “no legitimate expectation of privacy”. Only that’s not quite how Google sells its services.
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To be fair to Google, advertising is their livelihood and scanning our emails for leading words is nowhere as intrusive as what the NSA did with their PRISM programme. Nonetheless, one should throw caution to the wind. If the scanning criteria had to be widened, I would be the first to show apprehension.

 

The Cloud concept depends on trust. Take trust out of the formula and cloud will fail. It's like putting money in a bank, you are meant to sleep well once you deposit your hard earned cash there. The same goes for storage and other cloud services.

 

The industry finds itself at a crossroad. It is up to the big players, the ones that are already factoring in their profits. Either they find a way to put every users' head at rest or face many years of uncertainty.

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Thanks, NSA, you're killing the cloud

Thanks, NSA, you're killing the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The current NSA scandal raises a ton of questions -- and gives enterprises another excuse to resist the cloud
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Confidence in the cloud's security has always been questionable. The NSA's actions will certainly not have strenghtened the notion that your data is safe and private only to yourself.

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The consortium that's against your privacy

The consortium that's against your privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A cabal of communications companies wants to kill a new Internet standard that will make your Web experience faster and safer
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The so-called Open Web Alliance was formed back in April, led by Verizon and Cisco at industry consortium ATIS. They describe their mission as "to meet the service needs of all stakeholders in the Web ecosystem while supporting the goals of encryption and privacy," but at the heart of their crusade is angst concerning Google’s new SPDY protocol, suggesting those goals are at best selective.

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Taking back privacy in the post-Snowden cloud

Taking back privacy in the post-Snowden cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Governments aren’t going to fix cloud’s privacy problem. It’s up to the industry—and us.
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In 1999, former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy spoke in front of the US government and infamously said, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it."

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Silver linings » Banking Technology

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In early September, cloud computing stories finally became interesting as an apparent hacking attack on Apple’s iCloud released hundreds of photos of ‘celebrities’ in the nude. It was a perfect story for the mainstream media

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Celebrity Nude Photo Hacking: Should You Be Worried?

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4chan user reportedly hacks iCloud with nude celeb pics – as Google strengthens security

4chan user reportedly hacks iCloud with nude celeb pics – as Google strengthens security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
An anonymous hacker on the 4chan site has published a series of naked photos of more than 100 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, after reportedly hacking into the users’ iCloud accounts.
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Elsewhere, while iCloud accounts were being hacked, Google announced its Cloud Platform had received an upgraded set of security certificates.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Using the Cloud to Build for Success, Savings and Growth

INFOGRAPHIC: Using the Cloud to Build for Success, Savings and Growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
By offloading IT infrastructure and administrative tasks to the cloud, companies are able to scale at a rapid pace.
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US Judge Rules Against Microsoft On Email Privacy As Cloud Computing Takes Another Hit

US Judge Rules Against Microsoft On Email Privacy As Cloud Computing Takes Another Hit | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft argued that personal email should have the same legal protections as paper.
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Another blow!! Unless users can be assured that their rights to privacy are being upheld, why would anyone store sensitive data in the cloud?

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Time for consumers to think local for cloud computing: Geist

Time for consumers to think local for cloud computing: Geist | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If U.S. data hosting isn’t good enough for the Canadian government, why should it be for individuals?
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If the Canadian government insists on domestic computer servers for its information, it may be time for individual Canadians to think about doing the same.

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Microsoft: Let customers decide country where cloud data is stored

Microsoft: Let customers decide country where cloud data is stored | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
NSA snooping prompts a change in Microsoft's cloud storage policy as a way to avoid local laws that might compromise data privacy
Peter Azzopardi's insight:

Although this is a preferable scenario it does not go far enough to ensure total privacy. So long as the NSA is still able to bully organizations to hand over data, something more drastic is required. I have said it before and I will say it again, until organizations relinquish control of the encryption key to the client, security will always be suspect.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, January 28, 2:54 AM

The remaining question is whether that involves ALL copies of the data, including DR and back-up.

Pascal Kotté's curator insight, February 2, 4:33 PM

Well, Microsoft plans delegating Cloud hosting to OVH in France, nice, idea to bypass the PRISM effect.

Except the France were just signing a new law, in last december 2013, the LPM (Loi Programmation Militaire) including a free access for FR governement to any Cloud data, without needing to ask for a legacy authorization...

In fact, the same thing than PRISM, some says worst PRISM !

Well, it's time to think about putting your data into Switzerland Cloud instead of FR. See with CloudReady.ch ;-)

 

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How will data protection and cloud computing develop in 2014?

How will data protection and cloud computing develop in 2014? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
From EU legislation to a US Consumer Bill of Rights, Joanne Frears outlines how data protection may evolve next year
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2013 was a bad year for the Cloud when it comes to security and privacy. Having said this I believe the industry has learnt a lot from this and great strides are being made to ensure a far better 2014.

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Stop Google from using you in ads

Stop Google from using you in ads | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Kim Komando Show: America’s top weekend talk radio program about all things digital!
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Thanks to Cindy Bachelor Weller for bringing this to my attention.

 

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Swisscom builds 'Swiss Cloud' as spying storm rages

Swisscom builds 'Swiss Cloud' as spying storm rages | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swisscom is building a "Swiss Cloud" that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services.
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The idea to have Swiss secrecy guarding sensitive data from sneaky agencies or hackers does work for me. After all Switzerland via its banking industry is synonymous with security.

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One lesson from the NSA scandal: Find out where your cloud provider's data centers are located

One lesson from the NSA scandal: Find out where your cloud provider's data centers are located | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the recent NSA scandal has shown, the security of the cloud is not a given. As with real estate, location is critical — and where you data is hosted can determine how safe it is.
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Wise words!

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