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Many news organizations including The Washington Post are reporting that the latest documents leaked by former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA is in the early stages of working to build a quantum computer that could possibly crack most types of encryption. The NSA actually discloses they are working on quantum computing technology on their website, however, the status of the research was previously unknown. According to these new documents the agency is working on a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" as part of a research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets" and the goal is to use it for cracking encryption. With headlines that scream, "NSA Secretly Funding Code-Breaking Quantum Computer Research," it's easy to see why many executives and enterprises are anxious and perhaps starting to lose faith in internet communications... (more)

Key Data Residency Requirements Global Organizations Need to Understand

One challenge more and more enterprises are grappling with as they plan to adopt the cloud is data residency & sovereignty. They are finding that if they want to use a cloud service hosted outside of their borders, life can become quite complex. Perhaps it is a result of the often discussed "Snowden Effect," but no one can deny that countries and regions are putting some strict guidelines in place to ensure privacy of sensitive data that is moving outside of their borders. These three examples are indicative of what I foresee we will be seeing much more of: Australia: The Priva... (more)

Healthcare Data on the Cloud – The Reality of Sensitive Information Online

The convenience, efficiency and cost benefits cloud computing offers organizations has made moving healthcare data and records to the cloud make sense for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Security and data breaches are a concern for any industry utilizing the cloud, but healthcare unfortunately seems to be particularly vulnerable to attacks. The Washington Post recently reported that The Department of Homeland Security is fearful that the health industry is "inviting" an attack with its out-of-date policies and lack of oversight. A recent WIRED article discu... (more)

The Criminal Justice System and the Cloud

As with other industries, the daily operations of law enforcement and criminal justice organizations rely heavily on obtaining, holding and sharing sensitive data. The FBI's Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) is responsible for providing many critical pieces of data that criminal justice organizations and contractors need to conduct business every day - including fingerprint records, sex offender registries and criminal histories. There are understandably strict regulations and standards for anyone accessing CJIS data and this applies to any cloud application provider or ... (more)

Australia Introduces New Updates to Policies on Cloud Security

Australian Government agencies have some new regulations to consider when they are contemplating moves to the cloud, particularly clouds hosted outside of Australian borders. These guidelines, known as "The Australian Government policy and risk management guidelines for the processing and storage of Australian Government information in outsourced or offshore ICT arrangements", are part of the broader Protective Security Policy Framework announced earlier this year and are aimed at protecting data being stored and processed in cloud environments. The Framework document clearly ac... (more)