Security in the Cloud

A big city just hired Google to do their email. They put a lot of security requirements in their requisition:

  • employees had to be fingerprinted
  • all data sent must be encrypted
  • data sitting around needed sharding
  • access to data had to be limited

It is difficult to convince a customer that the cloud is secure. The technology is relatively new. There are no standards. The act of adding encryption slows things down.

You know the hackers are going to want to target cloud repositories. There is potentially a lot of corporate data out there waiting to be stolen. I do not know enough about Cloud Computing to determine whether the thing is secure enough for my trust.