by Chris S
This last Thursday, political officials and industry experts met in Washington, D.C. to discuss topics related to cloud computing and potential risks that the new technology could introduce. Cloud Computing is where data is stored on a server that can then be access via a network such as the internet. Therefore, you can be anywhere in the world and as long as you have an active internet connection, you will be able to access your data. The technology is still considered to be in its infancy stages and like all new technologies, there are many defects that have yet to be exploited by attackers. What the big concern was homeland security and ensuring that government documents and information could be stored on a cloud computer and know that the data is secure. Many of those in favor of this change, argue that the data will be on a secure server and that cloud computing can cut costs in time.
The idea of cloud computing is conservative and convenient, but because it is new, many companies are still debating on whether they should entrust their data on foreign servers. I feel the United States government should hold out on switching to such a new technology. Too much information can be potentially lost and or stolen and our government can’t afford to have such a thing happen. With many companies outsourcing jobs to cut costs, this trend of switching to cloud computing is an enticing one as well. Going with cloud computing means that all a company would have to do is pay for the service and no longer have to pay for maintenance of the servers, labor costs, and worry about security. All of that would be taken care of by the company offering the cloud service. I feel it is dangerous because the U.S. would be placing vital data on a server which will most likely be on a foreign country. I think it would be best to let this technology develop further and see what risks arise as more and more companies use it. We wouldn’t want our government to be the guinea pigs of this new technology.
video aired Thursday, October 6, 2011 on C-SPAN channel