The issue of cloud security is contentious for those on both sides of the cloud computing argument. The technology's proponents say that data is perfectly safe in a hosted environment, while its detractors point to network outages and hacks to demonstrate the opposite.
In talking with the online news provider, Jerry Archer, a board member of the Cloud Security Alliance, said there's no question that data protection for hosted information will soon improve. Specifically, Archer predicted that a high level of encryption will soon become the norm for cloud-based applications.
"[F]ully homomorphic encryption will let me process data without ever decrypting it," he said. "The moment I can do fully homomorphic encryption I can put all my data in the cloud, fully encrypted."
Archer gave no specific timetable as to when such measures can be expected. The cloud is still relatively in its early stages, the expert said, and those who think they can see more than years down the road are mistaken given its fluidity.
Whether justified or perceived, the truth is that concerns over data security in the cloud are working to hold back the adoption of the technology. It's imperative for organizations such as the Cloud Security Alliance to work against such beliefs in order to open the door for more companies around the world to realize the flexibility and cost-saving benefits that can be achieved through the cloud.
Along with security measures, many organizations have also called on industry groups to develop cloud computing standards. According to a recent Computerworld report, the Cloud Standards Customer Council is the latest such consortium to try and devise guidelines for proper and effective cloud use.