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Cloud Computing and privacy concern

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  1. Hale88 New Member

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    To all my tech. friends:

    I am writing a research paper about Cloud Computing and the security issues and I have a question to you all, so what do you think is the most privacy concern on Cloud Security? All I can think up right now is the data information that storage on cloud but I know there will be something else too but I can't think up any.

    thank you!
     
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    if it has any applications where you have to put in a password or pin to something, and it's vulnerable,- there goes your pw/pin.
     
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    Yes that one is data location where the user potentially won't know where the actual data he owns is being stored. The main one I can think up of though is the long term implications of cloud computing which refers to the lifespan of the service providers, it would be better to focus on what will happen to the availability of your data etc. when the sh*t hits the fan eg. bigger companies eating each other although I doubt any of the providers will actually go broke even then you can also consider that for your paper but its not likely to happen.
     
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    @ digibucc: that is one good key point. Our password maybe happen to be on the internet and we're not even know.
    @random: totally agree, if the cloud collapses, then our data will also lost. Seeking out dedicated servers is a alternative way.
    @Ron732: thanks for short input, and yes Google is my friend since I got to know about computer & technology :)
     
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    @Hale88 I apologize if I sounded like a butthead I didn't mean to be a jerk. I always head to Google when I need a place to start on a new task. Have you looked at the Cloud Security Alliance website? On this page there is a pdf file titled "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Cloud Computing". It might help you come up with some issues to discuss in you paper. Hope this helps.
     
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    I am absolutely not hating anyone. This is an open thread which everyone can join and learn new thing. about the link above, I have been in there couple times and yes it's useful. thanks for the link though.
     
  8. twilyth Guest

    cloud computing can be as secure as you want it to be. You can download your data to a local source for example. Even if you have terabytes of data, a 2T drive on sale now is around $60, $80 regular street price.

    The only potential problem there is when you have cloud apps that have no terrestrial equivalent. Then you'll also need to be able to convert your data.

    If you store the data in encrypted form and access it via VPN, it's virtually as secure as being on your local machine - at least until quantum computing comes along - then we're all screwed since things like public key cryptography will become history.
     
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    These are my thoughts relating to "security"

    + is the data really secure from 3rd parties hacking
    + can 3rd parties snoop your access to the data
    + what happens if something falls over... you are not in control of the recovery exercise
    + where is your data?
    + is "externalising" your data legal? and what about rules in different countries
    + how do you deal with ringfencing data and INTERNAL security/access policies
    + what happens if an internal persons sabotages your data, how do you know, where are the backups
    + can a 3rd party duplicate and make copies of your data
    + technology failure
    + human failure
    + supplier relationship failure
    + liability risk, who is responsible for loss of data from a business sense and any consequential losses or liabilities
    + who owns the data? if you want to leave said cloud provider can you guarantee timely access to your data
    + what if contracts are breached, how is recovery dealt with, can you be held to ransom or through breach, lose your data?
    + take-overs
    + legal powers of 3rd parties and gvts to access the data
    ...

    I hope you understand the brief descriptions. if you need them explaining, ask away
     
  10. twilyth Guest

    I think a lot of those issues also apply to a situation where you have your own off-site data center. He should probably focus on issues that are unique to cloud computing.
     
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    I disagree with saying they are the same as "own data centre" but would agree that they are similar to "outsourced data centre". The degree to which these issues can be controlled or managed and the methods of control and management may have different levels of emphasis or concern or catastrophy. And these differences DO fall into the debate.


    Answers might also depend on industry, sensitivity of data, country, compliance, etc.
     
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    thanks for all the ideas and opinion guys. I am looking forward to them
     

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