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[ NNSquad ] Security in the Ether: Cloud Computing? Or "Swamp" Computing?
Security in the Ether: Cloud Computing? Or "Swamp" Computing? An important article worth reading: http://bit.ly/4uYabf (MIT Technology Review) My personal "thumbnail" view on this is that: a) Cloud Computing" holds enormous promise. b) Most of the key security and other operational issues associated with cloud computing are solvable, including aspects of pervasive encryption that would protect cloud computing clients from potential snooping by theoretically postulated unscupulous cloud service providers. c) The financial and intellectual resources (including basic policy analysis) required to understand and solve these problems on an *a priori* basis, rather than on an "after there's a mess" reactive basis, are in general insufficiently emphasized and deployed. d) Given (c), not all of the current rush to cloud computing on today's widely available platforms can necessarily be justified as wise, particularly where sensitive and/or privacy-critical data is involved. Or in other words, Cloud Computing can be a Really Good Thing if done right, but let's not get the cart in front of the horse. --Lauren-- NNSquad Moderator