All this talk about security concerns surrounding cloud computing and moving eDiscovery data to the cloud really begs the question: “Secure compared to what?”
Let’s take a step back. The “Cloud” is all the buzz right now, but it tends to go hand in hand with apprehension around security. According to an annual survey published in the November issue of ALM’s The American Lawyer, “Law firm technology managers are tempering their interest in cloud computing with a heightened focus on security.” 61 percent of respondents cited “security concerns” as a drawback to cloud computing. Why is that? What is this mythical security system currently being deployed/utilized that is clearly more secure than cloud computing? The short answer? There isn’t one.
The long answer requires we look at the common security parameters currently in place supposedly keeping data secure on-premise.
Laptops and Cell Phones
- 1,200 laptops lost weekly at LAX
- 12,000 U.S. laptops are lost weekly
- 65%-70% never reclaimed
- 53% had sensitive corporate information
- 65% take no steps to protect it
- 42% do not back up their data
Speaking of laptops. How about that story about the BP laptop lost containing personally identifiable information on 13,000 people? Laptops are crawling with confidential information and people have the misconception that it is more protected because it’s “in their possession.” A post from our Nextpoint Technology Lab a couple years ago, “Loading up the Laptop?” asks, “If you’re without that machine for a few days: what does that cost you? … and that’s assuming you’ve been religiously backing it up. Have you?”
• 583 companies surveyed
• 90% had suffered a breach
• Nearly 60% reported two or more
• 50% have little confidence in preventing future attacks
These security breaches aren’t just happening to companies without stringent security protocols. Barracuda, an actual internet security provider, is getting hacked. RSA, the security division of EMC, is getting hacked. These are companies whose core business model is to secure data from unauthorized access via the Internet. They sell products specifically to keep hackers out. All of their research and development goes into internet security and their systems have been hacked.
So the first question shouldn’t be “Is cloud is safe?” First examine the current state of your on-premise data security. Then let’s talk cloud. We think you will see the marked security advantages to data stored in the cloud.