Did Snowden Dissipate the Cloud?

If you turn on your TV right now, what will you see? That’s right, something about Edward Snowden. Some say he is a criminal, others claim that he is a brave warrior fighting against the system… But it is indisputable that Snowden’s incident has had a huge influence on the way we now think of cloud security.

Let’s face it, IT pros have never been super excited about moving data to the cloud, it’s basically the same as giving the full access to your intelligence to someone you don’t really know and trust. Cloud resistors finally gave up and in the recent years we have seen thousands of enterprises adopting cloud technologies quite rapidly. These were the good times.

Early adopters were not sure if the cloud were secure enough to contain sensitive files, they preferred to believe in that though. Does security exist in the cloud? Is the data safe? The answer was unclear but always more ‘yes’ than ‘no’.

After Snowden’s incident we know three things for sure:

  1. Data put on the cloud can be exposed
  2. Cloud service providers can’t guarantee data security
  3. If NSA can spy on cloud data, everybody can

Analysts already shout that the best way to protect your corporate data is ‘abandon the cloud’. It might seem a tuff decision to make and probably not everybody will follow such a sharp advice, but the lack of trust to cloud services from the side of business and government is obvious.

‘If businesses or governments think they might be spied on, they will have less reason to trust the cloud, and it will be cloud providers who ultimately miss out.’

Vice-president, European Commission, Neelie Kroes

What do you think about cloud security? Do you trust the cloud? Do you plan on moving to the cloud or moving back on premise?