Security of Your Information in the Cloud

December 21, 2010

I use many cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote but have been hesitant to put too much personal information on the cloud. I’ve always wondered how reliable the services are but more importantly, if I lose anyone else’s sensitive information on the cloud, would I be responsible for that or would Dropbox or Evernote in this case. Alex Williams recently wrote on the topic and I found it very relevant and interesting. While I agree with his comment that customers must determine any extra insurance that they may need to carry for information stored on a cloud, I’d be interested to hear his point of view on which insurance would respond first. If Dropbox were to lose a customer database, would they be responsible to notify those customers or would I?


What’s happening on the Cloud

September 21, 2010

Last week I attended the 2010 hosting and cloud computing summit put on by Tier One Research and the 451 group. What a great event and thanks to all of you who helped put on the event. I wanted to share with my readers some of the key things I learned at the event. Over the next few posts I’ll dive deeper into some of these topics.

The cloud is growing and it’s right in front of you. It’s time for your business to embrace it and figure out how to live on the cloud.

The value of data centers continues to increase as M&A activity and new data center builds continues to rise.

It is important to require your vendors and providers to take data security as seriously as you do! If you build a cloud but don’t require your SaaS or IaaS providers to provide secure infrastructure and software, how can the end user trust your cloud?

What are your thoughts on some of these comments I just made? Let me know or read my upcoming posts as I dig deeper into some of these issues.

FTC Warns Nearly 100 Companies of Stolen Data

February 23, 2010

Yesterday, the FTC warned nearly 100 companies that personal information about employees and customers had been breached. Although the FTC wouldn’t identify the companies, they did say they included both public and private companies, small to large companies and included schools and governmental entities. It appears the source of all this lost data was none other than P2P file sharing networks on the companies computer systems. Restricting your employees from using popular P2P programs like Limewire and Kazaa is one of the first things I advise small business owners to do to protect their data. I can understand a smaller business owner not knowing the risks presented by these programs but a large publicly traded company ignoring this risk shows how far we still have to go in war against cyber criminals.

To read the article, click here.

Google Cyber Attacks traced to Chinese Schools

February 19, 2010

The recent attacks on google and other US companies that were traced to China have more specifically been traced to two Chinese schools, one that has ties to the Chinese Military. The same investigators who have traced the attacks to the schools also believe that the attacks may have started as early as April but were only recently detected. Although the Chinese government still denies they were involved in the attacks, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to believe their stance as more fingers continue to point to their involvement.

To read the entire article, click here.

China Closes Hacker Training Site

February 15, 2010

With all of the pressure lately on the Chinese government surrounding the conflict between Chinese Hackers and Google, China recently closed the largest hacker training website in the country. The website had over 12,000 members that paid a monthly fee to access malicious code and other hacking secrets. Although some people believe the Chinese government has a large presence in the online hacking space, they still deny involvement and say they do not support hacking.

To read the entire article, click here.

Is there a cyber war going on between the US and China?

January 22, 2010

News broke this week about a war between Google and the US but that may only be the tip of the iceberg. Many experts contend that there is a huge Cyber War going on between as many as 20 countries. To read more, click here.

Growing Tensions between Google and China

January 20, 2010

Recently code was leaked that allowed people to easily hack into Gmail accounts for people using IE 6. Although it is an older version of Internet Explorer, it is still present on old PC’s and people’s work computers. Google said that it was hit by the cyber attacks from China and most of them involved accessing Gmail accounts of Chinese Human Rights activists.

This has prompted Google to threaten to leave China. To read the entire article, click here.