Data insurance isn’t just about the data itself, it’s about the practice and concerns around it and how you have access to that data.
At FOSE, a conference for the government technology community that wrapped up yesterday, representatives from Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft discussed the cloud. There were some predictable differences in approaches and priorities, but all agreed that cloud security is a very big deal.
According to the panel, responsibility for cloud security is equally shared between clients and vendors. Vendors are responsible for securing their services, but clients are responsible for creating secure applications and following security protocols and regulation.
This obviously is an important lesson for government agencies moving to the cloud—and for anyone else moving to the cloud. It’s important to vet cloud providers to make sure their practices are secure, but it’s equally important to ensure your own security practices can make the grade.