Security in the Ether: Cloud Computing? Or "Swamp" Computing?
[From NNSquad, Network Neutrality Squad, http://www.nnsquad.org]
An important article worth reading: http://bit.ly/4uYabf (MIT Technology Review)
My personal "thumbnail" view on this is that:
a) Cloud Computing" holds enormous promise.
b) Most of the key security and other operational issues associated with cloud
computing are solvable, including aspects of pervasive encryption that would
protect cloud computing clients from potential snooping by theoretically
postulated unscrupulous cloud service providers.
c) The financial and intellectual resources (including basic policy analysis)
required to understand and solve these problems on an *a priori* basis, rather
than on an "after there's a mess" reactive basis, are in general insufficiently
emphasized and deployed.
d) Given (c), not all of the current rush to cloud computing on today's widely
available platforms can necessarily be justified as wise, particularly where
sensitive and/or privacy-critical data is involved. Or in other words, Cloud
Computing can be a Really Good Thing if done right, but let's not get the cart
in front of the horse.