The cloud a playground for malice?

by Abraham L
Summary:

Cloud computing technology is advancing at a quick and steady pace. It benefits organizations and individuals alike in a sense that its is a more economic way to use resources (saves money) and that it provides a larger availability of interconnection – information isn’t now only reserved to what is being uploaded. Yet, with cloud computing comes security issues. Security being developed for clouds is slower than that of the rate cloud computing is growing. Users should not entrust sensitive, personal, and important information so openly to the public “cloud” – or at least without understanding how vulnerable personal data can be. For example an organization may use sensitive user data unethically to gain a competitive edge. Malicious users can also hide in the cloud and infiltrate other users channels(side and covert channels) to monitor user activity, mouse activity, and even keystroke activity. The people who are most affected by this are users and as cloud computing expands internationally, the security challenge becomes bigger.

 

Response:

I agree with the article in a sense that there has to be some kind of drawback to the benefits that cloud computing has to offer. I believe though that if we give it some time cloud computing will be able to work out these security issues. Cloud computing is a relatively new technology and as with any new technology, developers have to work out the problems even if the final product has been introduced to the market. From the moment that a new windows comes out I imagine that it gets bombarded by a slew of malicious software and anti-virus programs have to constantly update to fight these programs. When Windows Vista was released, there were a good amount of bugs that came with it and a problem with the GUI using too many of the user resources. To accommodate for the faults of Vista, windows continued to patch and update, develop faster computers that could handle processing speeds that Windows Vista’s GUI demanded, and ultimately Microsoft created a more put-together OS (Windows 7).

I personally think that cloud computing was released too early in the market in terms of  this article’s claim about cloud security being unstable enough for users to be careful of what information they give out. Just like other technologies, development for cloud computing should be dynamic. For computers, video-game consoles, phones, and even global positioning systems, updates have to be rapidly released to meet user requirements. Eventually, cloud computing will come out to be a changing development for the internet once the technicalities get worked out. What is crafty is companies like Amazon.com and Google even in their Terms of Agreement put a legal disclaimer to protect them legally for compromise of sensitive information that is given to them by individual use of their product. What’s happening here is as technology develops further, the conventional user becomes even more distant. The issue of protecting the integrity of important information depends on much on the ethics of trained users.

 

Blumenthal, Marjory, S. (2011, First Quarter). Is security lost in the clouds? (*).

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