BurnWorld.com: How Data is Secured in the Cloud


by Rob Boirun for BurnWorld.com

Cloud computing has long since established itself an integral part of day-to-day digital life; from checking your emails to purchasing online, the security of web-based data in the cloud is old hat for industry techies. However, the recent rollout of the Chromebook and iCloud has introduced the concept of brand cloud computing to the mainstream, and with it, interest in cloud security has risen.

The importance of cloud security (particularly for use in businesses) is of course nothing new. Indeed, it has become one of the fastest growing and evolving sub-domains of information security and as such, can be a difficult concept to comprehensively define. However, the specific security concerns themselves can be sorted into three general categories, as defined by Chenxi Wang in her excellent piece for Forrester:

  • Security and privacy – e.g. data protection, operational integrity, privacy management.
  • Compliance – e.g. physical location of data centres, logs and audit trail handling.
  • Legal and contractual issues – e.g. liability and intellectual property issues
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