Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Cloud Computing

April 3, 2012 — 1,300 views  
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Entrusting data to an information system on a remote server is referred to as cloud computing. A simple example of this is Google Docs. Instead of storing documents on your computer hard drive, they're kept on an external server. However, are these documents and other data secure? Cloud computing has many people and businesses wondering if they're successfully maintaining their confidentiality and privacy.

Communications of the ACM, a resource of computing professionals, explains privacy could be a concern because the service provider has access to all the data and could disclose it to a third party, either on purpose or by accident.

If you or your business is considering using cloud computing resources, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) suggests carefully planning the security and privacy aspects of these tools before going forward with their implementation. Establish confidence in your data privacy by making sure the cloud provider can ensure the necessary security controls to protect your information.

For instance, Microsoft has created standards for strong data protection. Protecting the privacy of your organization or personal data should be a key factor when choosing a cloud computing service. Talk to a service representative about what their company is doing to ensure confidentiality, and engage with them to make sure you have all the answers you need.