Stormy Weather Ahead For Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is like something out of a sci-fi movie. Like God, cloud computing is everywhere 24/7. All you have to do is pray at any computer anytime, anywhere and get your personal computing prayers answered.

With cloud computing, lower income countries could instantly make a techincal leap forward into the 21st century.

The government of India, and Canadian computer company Datawind, have developed the Android-based Aakash Tablet tailor made for cloud computing.

A $35 price tag should make the WIFI-ready Aakash Tablet a worldwide success after its 2012 debut in late January.

With cloud computing, apps will no longer have to be downloaded. Any computer you find anywhere instantly becomes “your personal computer.” Your personal data is stored somewhere out there in “The Clouds.” Therefore, there would be no need to carry laptops with large hard drives. To protect cloud computing, new IT security jobs will be created. Cloud computing needs a massive numbers of IT experts to build, create programs and maintain this brave new world.

Cloud computing truly offers mankind a vision straight from a sci-fi movie. But, is that sci-fi movie the sunny world of “Star Trek” or the dark world of “The Terminator?”

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are spending millions to sell the positive aspects of cloud computing. However, very few companies discuss the possible dark side of cloud computing. recently looked at the possible cloudy future of cloud computing. Human beings adapt quickly, but we weren’t wired to deal with today’s massive changes. Cloud computing would mean a massive change in our concept of “ownership.” Your personal data that exists on “The Cloud” is not physical. How do you own something you can’t put your hands on? That point will keep 21st century lawyers awake at night.

Instead of a quick leap into cloud computing, perhaps we will slowly move into it? We now have 4G speeds, but cloud computing needs the broad bandwidth of a WIFI network. The cost of developing that network may slow the growth of cloud computing.

Legendary 1930s bank robber Willie Sutton denied ever telling reporters he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” Willie’s 1976 confession did not stop the creation of the legal term “Sutton’s Law.” It states “when diagnosing, one should first consider the obvious.”

Cloud computing will obviously create new cyber criminals dedicated to breaking into your cyber bank of personal information. The new bandwidth and infrastructure needed for cloud computing will make it easier for cyber criminals to do their dirty deeds!

Ecryption keys, retinal and thumbprint scans could provide security. But, cyber criminals will then step up their hacking game. Breaking your cloud computing bank of personal information will be too tempting a prize to pass up.

Cloud computing has a bright future, if we only truly understand its possible dark side.

New leaps in technology always means new problems!


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  • Anonymous

    Jordan, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the dark side of cloud computing. Ultimately, hackers are going to take the easiest path to steal your valuables. The cloud is simply the next place to target. Organizations need to approach the cloud with the same focus on security that they would on their network. For SMBs, many cloud services will offer more security than they can afford to build into their in-house systems. Large reputable cloud providers know that if they get hacked, their business is ruined so they need to invest heavily to secure their clouds.
    Chris Halcon