The publicised indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over hacking charges was an important reminder that data security on cloud platforms is an issue. With this came an inevitable discussion of the security issues surrounding cloud platforms. Most cloud experts agree that companies are exposed to data security risks if they try to mitigate risk themselves. That said, experts disagree on whether it’s possible to totally mitigate risk of data leaks, data theft, or other data risks.
What Is Data Risk?
The technical term used to describe data risks on the Internet and other high-tech sites, it is also used to refer to overall trustworthiness, security, reliability and integrity. The very notion of data risk goes back to the origins of information sharing, which began in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, when it was absolutely necessary to prove that you were not a forger, thief, or other malicious individual, but rather someone who sought to spread information that might be useful. Before then, the concept of data safety and security was fairly rudimentary.
“Data risks are defined as a gap between the data and the users and what data is shared,” explains Peter Wegmann, VP of Sales & Marketing for South Africa based Zalando. He argues that there are two aspects to data risk, which come into play. One is business risk, which relates to data quality, privacy, integrity, data security and law compliance. The other is technical risk, which relates to technical integration, interoperability, resilience and data transport security.
However, everyone with a background in IT and related fields is aware that what goes on behind the scenes is just as important as the formalities of data integration, interoperability, resilience and data transport security.
“Technical and operational risk are very important to monitor as they have an impact on business risk and the users will rely on the systems and data they use,” explains Alex Stamos, Head of Security at Facebook. He also suggests that technical risk also factors in IT architects and project managers, who should be able to identify technical problems and address them, before they become critical issues. The problems that can cause problems with technical risk are non-technical problems. Stamos provides an example of a bug that allows a malicious person to look at the memory of anyone who has clicked on the bad link, which makes it very difficult to make sure that the information being sent to an account isn’t compromised.
What Is Your Data Risk?
The fundamental question is whether or not the cloud platform that is holding your data has adequate technical infrastructure to store and transport that data safely. Can the platform protect your data? If you do a little bit of technical research you will find that you are certainly not the only one trying to answer this question.
So your data on the new online casinos you register with might be as secure as data can get on platforms which have some in-cloud capacity, but what about something like intimate pics on a dedicated cloud storage platform?