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

Security and privacy issues can impart a certain lack of cloud confidence. In this tweet jam recap, learn which data types might not be safe in the cloud.

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 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 last published in September 2013

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Who is most responsible for security and privacy in the cloud? (Elaborate in the comment section.)
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Everyone has a stake in security. This goes to the basic building blocks of security and IT infrastructure! The data owner is the ultimate responsible party, but his data is being handed over to a third-party to host it. Therefore, they have as much responsibility in it's protection as the data owner. But the user also has responsibility to ensure that he is not getting infected or corrupted information as well. So, everyone is responsible!
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Balance. Data classification. Governance. Figure out what data you can put in the cloud and do it!!
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i think all should take responsible over this
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@Ashok. According to my knowledge, responsibility for security is not depended up on any single individual or group. It involves all players. The better way to provide security in a cloud or service is by a 3- stage encryption key technique. This technique should contain 3 different groups involvement in sharing or displaying of data over to any user.
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