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NSA revelations a mixed bag for private clouds

John P. Mello | Aug. 15, 2013
Life in the cloud hasn't been the same since Edward Snowden began leaking secrets about government snooping on the Internet.

"Companies are concerned about the cloud," Thiemann said, "but it makes them realize they have issues on their own premises."

An employee like Snowden, armed with system administrator privileges and bent on data theft, is a potent threat to an organization. "Snowden had access to an application on the system,"Ã'Â Jeff Kaplan, CEO of the Breakthrough Technology Group, said in an interview. "It doesn't matter what infrastructure you choose -- public cloud, hybrid cloud, private cloud -- he'd still have access to the data."

If Snowden's revelations have an impact on cloud computing, they're likely to be short-lived. "It will have a short term impact ," Nirav Mehta, director of product management for EMC's RSA, said in an interview.

"There were a lot of entities that already had concerns about cloud providers," Mehta said. "Those concerns become amplified when a story like this breaks out."

"In the short term, there will be a few more corporations going to private clouds, but in the long term, financially, it doesn't make sense for them to completely reverse the trend of public cloud computing," he said.


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