As we begin to store more and more of our data on the Internet and in the “Cloud,” the threat of that data being accessed and used by someone or something outside of our knowledge or control becomes very real. Data such as credit card information, banking transactions, work history, private addresses and numbers, email and much more are now stored and searchable in everything from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and a host of other applications.
In a June report titled “Assessing the Security Risks of Cloud Computing“, analyst firm Gartner recommends that businesses work closely with their IT department or trusted IT services provider and consultant to understand the risks of storing data in the cloud.
Not stopping there, Microsoft has called for even greater government oversight. Recently, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith travelled to Washington to urge the US Congress to enact legislation that would protect information that’s stored in the cloud.
Microsoft is proposing legislation that would call for:
- Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
- Modernizing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
- Helping consumers and businesses manage how their information is collected and shared
- Addressing data access issues globally
The move coincides with Microsoft’s recent efforts to offer cloud-based services not only for its consumer and corporate customers, but the government as well.
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- Microsoft’s thoughts on cloud computing (microsoftontheissues.com)
- Challenges of cloud computing (techsling.com)
- Gartner: Seven cloud-computing security risks (infoworld.com)