Article at http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Epsilon-Data-Breach-Highlights-Cloud-Computing-Security-Concerns-637161
This is why we are skeptical of buying “cloud” services — that is use of a file server — off site in some far eastern country. We have all been able to install our own file servers and web servers for years, and we feel that the risk of trusting an outside group to securely store our private company information is unreasonable for the purported business advantage. After all, an American computer consulting firm can be hired to install Linux and Apache for around $150/hour, and be done in maybe half a day. Individuals can be hired as 1099 contractors for a 3rd of that and mostly the same results — working Linux file server or web server, no license hassles, almost no virus problems.
Individuals supplying their own information on a at-risk foreign server is one thing — and consumers are foolish — but placing customer data or private corporate data “in the cloud” is just asking for Sarbanes-Oxley trouble.
I have found a way that DOES shut it all down, the criminals cannot get around it, and all it requires is the participation of you, the Fed Up Business user.
So be sure, be cynical, and practice safe software.
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