RSA Security, a subsidiary of cloud storage pioneer EMC has warned its customers against using an encryption technology it supplies because the company is unsure whether or not it has been compromised by the NSA.
According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.
The Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission’s data protection reforms Tuesday, the most significant legal overhaul of the EU’s data protection policy since 1995. The wide-reaching reforms aim to centralise data protection oversight, strengthen enforcement and penalties, and give European citizens more say in what internet giants, cloud service providers and businesses can do with their data.
Europe should invest in developing its own highly secure cloud platform to keep European citizens’ data out of reach of snooping governments and criminals, and encourage adoption of open source technologies in the process, said Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini.
While global adoption of public cloud computing seems to be picking up pace in 2013, enterprise datacentre growth has either remained flat or decreasing, according to a report published Thursday by international datacentre authority Uptime Institute.
US-based encrypted email service Lavabit has shut up shop in the wake of the PRISM scandal, with its founder warning against trusting data to any company with physical ties to the US.
Much has been said about PRISM scaring enterprises away from US-based cloud providers, but a report published Tuesday by a Washington-based think tank estimates the potential PRISM-related losses to be in the area of $22 to $35bn.
Security is one of, if not the most talked about issues in cloud computing today, primarily because many of the security issues common to traditional IT systems transfer directly to the cloud.
At the recent Cloud World Forum in London, Business Cloud News had the chance to speak with Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director at the Cloud Security Alliance, a nonprofit association of cloud service providers looking to help develop security standards and best practice around cloud computing.
According to survey results released Wednesday by the Cloud Security Alliance, 56 per cent of non-US residents are less likely to use US-based cloud service providers in light of the recent PRISM programme revelations, with one in ten cancelling a project using a US-based cloud provider as a result.
Head of the European Commission’s Digital Europe agenda, Neelie Kroes, warned this week that cloud companies face a crisis of confidence from European customers in teh wake of the NSA spying scandal.