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James Bellini: Life in the cloud will mean data breaches

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

This article was taken from the October 2011 issue of Wired magazine.

The first myth about cloud computing: despite the hype, the cloud is nothing new. Back in 1961, futurists such as John McCarthy were talking of “computation as a utility”; the first definition of “cloud computing” is credited to Ramnath Chellappa in a Dallas lecture over 14 years ago. And if you accept today’s industry concept of “a dynamically provisioned resource driven by user demand”, then early steam-driven mainframes were cloud personified. They still are: surveys show most mainframe executives see their big iron as a key part of future cloud plans.

What is different is the sheer size of the future-data challenge. The best analogy is electricity. In The Big Switch, Nicholas Carr says that in 1900 the US boasted over 50,000 private power plants, supplying countless factories and mills. Then some bright guys at Edison created a public electric grid that all could plug into — and the economics of business were transformed.

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Yale warns 43,000 about 10-month-long data breach

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

FTP server on which data was stored became searchable by Google in September

Computerworld – Yale University has notified about 43,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni that their names and Social Security numbers were publicly available via Google search for about 10 months.

All of the victims were affiliated with Yale in 1999, and are being offered identity theft insurance and free credit monitoring services for two years, the university said in a statement last week.

The breach resulted when a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server on which the data was stored became searchable via Google as the result of a change the search engine giant made last September, the Yale Daily News reported

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SMEs, the Cloud and the Difference Between Disaster and Disaster Recovery

by By Pete Lamson, E-Commerce Times

The cloud is increasing the effectiveness of small businesses. For example, companies are calling on efficient Web-based services and applications to manage such critical tasks as accounting, customer relationship management, document creation and communication. In addition, cloud storage can simplify a company’s data-protection process in a number of ways.

Many small-business owners may not realize that the cloud plays a big role in their business operations, and its importance is growing every day. I’m often asked, “What exactly is the cloud, and why does my company need it?” Simply put, the cloud hosts resources and applications that are accessed through the Internet, and it now offers small businesses access to powerful capabilities that once were only within reach of larger corporations.

ISP data retention plan hits Capitol Hill snag

Controversial legislation to require Internet providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months has run into an unexpected obstacle: a former supporter.

“This bill needs a lot of fixing up,” Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican and previous chairman of the House Judiciary committee, said at a hearing today. “It’s not ready for prime time.”

The bill in question is H.R. 1981, which says Internet providers must store for “at least 18 months the temporarily assigned network addresses the service assigns to each account,” unless it’s a wireless provider like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. Read more…

Digital Agenda: Commission consults on practical rules for notifying personal data breaches

Brussels – The views of telecoms operators, Internet service providers, Member States, national data protection authorities consumer organisations and other interested parties are being sought by the European Commission on whether additional practical rules are needed to make sure that personal data breaches are notified in a consistent way across the EU. The revised ePrivacy Directive (2009/136/EC), which entered into force on 25 May 2011 as part of a package of new EU telecoms rules, requires operators and Internet service providers to inform, without undue delay, national authorities and their customers about breaches of personal data that they hold (see IP/11/622 and MEMO/11/320). The Commission wants to gather input based on existing practice and initial experience with the new telecoms rules and may then propose additional practical rules to make clear when breaches should be reported, the procedures for doing so, and the formats that should be used. Contributions to the consultation are welcome until 9th September 2011. Read more…

EU plans US company cloud ban

July 15, 2011 1 comment

The dark satanic rumour mill is suggesting that the EU will ban cloud based services which are run by US companies.

Our sources say that European commissions are incandescent with rage after discovering that the US intends to apply its Partriot Act to all cloud based services in Europe. Microsoft has already said that it will have to comply.

But it appears to have caught the EU on the hop. Sophie in ‘t Veld, Dutch member of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, wants to know how it is possible that the Patriot Act overrules the European data protection laws.

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Missing Morgan Stanley Data: Who’s To Blame?

by Christopher Maag

Two CD-ROMs containing the private information of 34,000 investment clients of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney still have not been found, but the controversy over who’s to blame for the data breach continues to grow. In statements to Credit.com, Morgan Stanley and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance blame each other for the mess. Read more…

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