As though this argument isn’t clear enough, rarely is there such a perfect case study on how the cloud in general, and specifically Amazon Web Services, provides security and redundancy far greater than any corporation, law firm, or even government can currently provide.
The Wikileaks story is an important security discussion initially because the “cables” that were “intercepted” were actually encrypted emails that succumbed to the greatest security vulnerability there is – people with bad intentions. No technology can overcome that vulnerability. People are the number one vulnerability – it’s not even close.
But for an entirely different set of reasons, this is episode should be a wake-up call for every major law firm and corporation. These organizations are now on notice that when Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa are attacked within days of perfectly rational and legal business decisions becoming public, then everyone is vulnerable.
Can your IT department repel this type of attack? What if your company decided not to provide a service to WikiLeaks? What if your law firm represented someone adverse to WikiLeaks? Can your IT department withstand the attack? PayPal, Mastercard and Visa found theirs couldn’t.
Are your IT departments as experienced, tested and equipped as these companies? These companies who represent some of the the biggest, most technically capable, most internet savvy companies in the world today. Credit card companies? Do you think they ever have to deal with internet-based fraud? Pay-pal is part of eBay!
Then there is Amazon Web Services. Where even the hackers announce “we can not attack Amazon . . . we don’t have enough forces.”
Enough said. I want those people on my team. I want Amazon Web Services protecting my data.