I’ve been thinking these past few days about how much data is being slowly moved into cloud data centers all over the place.. I don’t mean a single cloud data center, but I mean hundreds of them as we use one new smart phone app after another. Smart phones and very cool applications on the desktops are sharing data we enter via copying it somewhere to a cloud data center. Applications like Evernote, Instapaper, Dropbox, Google Apps, Apple Mobile Me and literally countless other are copying data loaded into our smartphones into storage somewhere in the cloud. Do any of us have any idea what kind of security is being manged in those data centers? I love these applications, but we are quietly and slowly copying important data about ourselves into unknown data centers in unknown locations with unknown protection.
At the corporate level, the same is true. Employees are carrying smart phones with these applications loaded and then using them for their personal information and data storage. Phone numbers, ID numbers, passwords, instructions, etc. are being stored in these applications and then copied into the cloud. Corporations are likely having their IP and their security keys slowly being stored in these clouds of unknown security levels without even realizing it as workers and executives use these apps more and more.
Don’t get me wrong, I love these apps and I love the productivity boost they give me. However, I have a growing concern that at the corporate level, companies might be putting themselves at greater risk than they realize. And it is almost a problem that nobody wants to discuss because we don’t want our convenient apps being blocked in the work place.
Would like to hear your thoughts on this.