A year on from whistle blower Edward Snowden and his outing of Project PRISM have we gone backwards in terms of thinking the cloud is a safe place to store our data?
After the NSA admitted last year that it ‘came in contact’ with 1.6% of all internet data, which is around 29PB of data every day, many became concerned that some of that data could belong to their company. With GCHQ also admitting to being involved in Project PRISM and circumventing the formal legal processes to obtain emails, photographs and videos alarm bells definitely began to ring with many companies.
Then further news broke that allegedly some of the biggest internet companies were allowing the NSA to access private data, companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Skype, YouTube and PalTalk. This was denied by all of the companies, but had the damage already been done?
I am sure that many companies that might have been considering moving data and services into the cloud might well have taken a pause or reconsidered completely at this point.
So where are we today? Is data privacy dead?
Are companies too afraid to move into the cloud?
Views about it have certainly evolved. I think that many companies are unsure about putting data into the cloud, in particular confidential or valuable data, and perhaps that is rightly so if they are considering using the storage of a large American multinational company based on the news over the last year; but can the same be said about European storage or SME storage capability?
Well there are arguments on both sides.
Europeans Governments and companies have been crying out that storage must be built that only Europeans can access, and it has; but what is to say that GCHQ don’t access it and pass everything over to the NSA? The spotlight is certainly on them
Others may insist that encryption is the key; well it is certainly a good idea, but again the NSA and GCHQ have broken most encryptions. The question is why would they want your data?
With the amount of Petabytes that they go through each day, the average company and average person is going to be of no interest whatsoever to the NSA or GCHQ; after all they are looking for terrorists. This doesn’t make the average person feel any safer however.
Well if you were or still are considering putting your data into the cloud, whether as a backup or simply to increase storage then don’t be put off by the breaking news stories. Small companies such as Online Support have a secure storage facility that is not accessed by anyone unwanted, and we do not give access to anyone out side of our company.
Come and talk to us about the IT support we provide and let us reassure you that your data will be safe with us.