In the echo chamber that is Twitter if you follow #cloudsecurity, last Friday there was quite the buzz over an article by John Naughton in the Guardian: “At long last, there’s a silver lining in the age of cloud computing” . It seems that Naughton thinks with “a small number of US-owned corporations which now hold most of our digital assets, monitor our every online move and exploit our personal data in ways that most of us would find unacceptable if we knew about it,” the cloud is not secure.
For further evidence the article points to Eben Moglen‘s lecture last year on cloud computing being the “architecture of catastrophe.” Mr Naughton then echoes Moglen’s call for a personal web management server. Something that literally we could fit in the palm of our hand and could manage all of our cloud based data and information to ensure our privacy.
Mr. Naughton then talks about pogo plug as a device which could deliver on this promise. Giving each of us our own personal web manager. I have been a pogo plug user for about a year now. It is a great almost auto-magical device that monitors your computers and backs up both locally and to the cloud all of your media and/or other files. I love it! But does that make the cloud secure? Does that really contribute to cloud security? I think not.
Pogo Plug and similar devices are a great way to keep a back up of your info. They are a great way to access your pictures, videos and other files from anywhere. But they do nothing for cloud security.
Giving people their own web manager is not going to make Amazon or Rackspace‘s infrastructure any more secure. It is not going to stop Google from reading your gmail or Facebook from not offering your info to make greater profits. So while having a web manager is a pretty useful thing and I highly recommend Pogo Plug, I don’t think that is any silver lining to cloud computing or cloud security. That is if cloud computing needs a silver lining even.
- At long last, there’s a silver lining in the age of cloud computing (guardian.co.uk)
- Gigaom Pro & Rackspace Webinar Series #1: Taking the Pulse of the Business Cloud (rackspace.com)
- Why is it cloud everything now? (rakkhi.blogspot.com)