PRISM casts new light on cloud security concerns

Issues of data management and data security continue to be in the spotlight. David Laville considers recent developments and what these mean for business.

Recent media reports have revealed the existence of a computer system called PRISM through which officials at the US National Security Agency can apparently track and store information flowing through server networks located in the US and operated by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other technology companies.

Many of the operators involved have expressly denied knowledge of PRISM and claimed that they do not participate in any surveillance programme that involves granting direct access to their systems. However, the revelations seem certain to undermine customer confidence in the relative security of cloud-based data storage solutions, particularly those offered by public cloud service providers based in the US…

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