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Revelations of National Surveillance Activities Should Inform Public Cloud Use Assessments

Published: 19 December 2013

ID: G00255686

Analyst(s): Lawrence Pingree , Carsten Casper, Jay Heiser


Widely publicized insider leaks about U.S. federal government Internet surveillance activities have exacerbated existing concerns about the confidentiality of public cloud computing. Organizations should include these revelations as part of their assessments for using the public cloud.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Assess Your Risk and Approach Public Cloud Computing in an Informed Manner
  • Capture and Formalize Your Regulatory Requirements in Writing
  • Use Encryption
  • Don't Let Government Surveillance Be an Excuse to Avoid Global Clouds
  • Base Business Decisions on Business Requirements for Functionality, Control and Protection — Not on Newspaper Articles, Magazines or Blog Posts
  • Keep Your Most Sensitive Data In-House
  • Reduce Your Expectations for Corporate and Personal Privacy
  • Be Prepared for "Black Swans"

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