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Is all data safe in the cloud? Some lack cloud confidence

During SearchCIO's recent cloud economics-themed tweet jam, participants took to the Twitter-sphere to weigh cloud costs as they pertain to researching the cloud, developing cloud

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exit strategies and everything in between -- including security and compliance.

SearchCompliance Site Editor Ben Cole probed participants' cloud compliance know-how, asking:

SearchCIO Executive Editor Linda Tucci picked up on this thread, asked the crowd about the importance of cloud privacy considerations, sparking an opinionated discussion that revealed a certain lack of cloud confidence:

When user data is at stake, whom can you trust? How can you be sure that data stored in the cloud -- public, private, hybrid, whatever -- is safe? Some tweet jam participants expressed trust issues in a spirited back-and-forth with this month's tweet jam expert, Wellesley College CIO Ravi Ravishanker:

So, what do these concerns about privacy in the cloud portend for the future of cloud? Jack E. Gold, founder and principal analyst at J. Gold Associates LLC, asked:

One tweet jam participant questioned the privacy and security of storing data in the public cloud -- specifically, customer data:

Throughout the tweet jam, there was much discussion about security and privacy issues, but never an explanation of who is in charge (and where to place blame if anything goes wrong), so we asked:

Do you agree with our tweet jammers? Do IT leaders have reason to lack cloud confidence? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

To join our next tweet jam, save the date: Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. (topic and expert TBA). To view the entire conversation from this month's cloud economics discuss, search "#CIOChat" on Twitter.

This was first published in September 2013

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