The talk at ILTA this year was not so much about giving discovery from the cloud but about a more fundamental question – should we be putting data in the cloud at all? The standout session on this discussed a cyber attack on Saudi Aramco in which data was lost from 30,000 computers and servers in one day around the world.
Would the data have been safer in the cloud? Conventional wisdom (by which I mean the instinctive feel for many businesses and individuals) is against doing that, with the NSA and Chinese hackers seen as the primary source of risk. Against that, it is observed that the top cloud providers invest sums in security beyond the reach of most companies, building defences which few businesses can aspire to. There are no answers here, but the thinking is evolving beyond the unsubstantiated assertions of gut instinct.
Since ILTA, we have seen news of the wholesale theft of celebrity data. The focus has been on what the newspapers like to call “nude selfies”, that being the stuff of headlines. If I were the celebrity, I would be more bothered about some of the other data which will have been swept up at the same time – the contact and calendar information, financial details and, not least, the GPS information embedded in many of those photographs which show where they were taken. Read the rest of this entry »