Nov 5 2009   4:52PM GMT

A Not-So-Great Use of Cloud Computing

Arian Eigen Heald Arian Eigen Heald Profile: Arian Eigen Heald

As I’m sure you know, I’m not yet a big fan of “cloud computing,” known by various acronyms. I have yet to see a really comprehensive approach to audit and security. Ultimately, you don’t know where your data is in the “cloud.” And the Feds have access to it without a warrant.

So you can imagine my dismay when recently reading someone’s suggestion that the shared computing power of the “cloud” could be used to crack encryption algorithms ever so much faster. How will we address this risk?

The risks of audit and control issues, physical security and secure storage of backups, in my mind, outweigh the over hyped benefits. When I see a strong standard implemented by “cloud” vendors, subject to outside independent verification, I’ll get to wow.

Not until then. Where’s the beef?

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