Vendors insist that their cloud computing solutions are secure, and they have the backing of the soon-to-be-former federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra. Still, the emerging technology can't seem to shake the data protection concerns long associated with it.
It didn't take long for the topic of cloud security to be raised at a recent conference in London, reported the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper and computing giant Microsoft co-sponsored the event, which brought together many of the forward thinking minds working on the maturation of the cloud.
Experts agree the recent cyber attacks that targeted Sony and its PlayStation Network, as well as the outage suffered by Amazon's central cloud computing data center, have done little to help improve the reputation of the technology.
But, given the raw facts, another expert said that issues with the cloud are more likely to be the result of an employee within the company than an outage suffered by the service. The major difference, said Phill Robinson, chief executive of IT services at a software company, is that a cloud outage is more apt to make headlines.
Companies just have to keep in mind that data security is a top priority for vendors too.
“Businesses that are supplying cloud services know their whole business depends on the security of your information and that of their other customers," Robinson said. "They are the world experts in security; they’re more likely to look after your sensitive data better than you are yourself.”
Various organizations within the technology industry are currently working on cloud computing standards in an effort to boost security. The latest such guidelines were released by the Open Data Center Alliance.
Comprised of 200 member organizations – including Lockheed Martin and JPMorgan Chase, among other well known companies – the alliance has based its standards off of proven usage models.