5-30-12: Who Owns Data in the Cloud
A few months back, Mosaic expressed that cloud computing would be an industry forerunner in 2012, and so it has. Mosaic has been busy enhancing SMBs with affordable cloud solutions that saves resources and offers a mobile work environment, all while enhancing the data center’s security. At Mosaic, we want all of our customers to feel secure about their data in the cloud.
When cloud computing is foreign to a user, a trending question through out the industry includes who has access to data in the cloud. Mosaic believes the theory behind it should be introduced, and how security can be applicable to both private and organizational use.
According to the theory – if you securely place data in the cloud, you own the rights to that data. Think of the cloud as a storage unit. The storage unit doesn’t belong to the user; they’re simply leasing it. The security of that storage unit is contingent upon how the user secures it. This is much like a user’s responsibility to protect their data center, whether it’s through a provider or their own.
Providers are not responsible for your data security. If you own it, then you are the one responsible, either as a consumer or in commercial.
Consumer based terms of agreement shouldn’t be thought of as just another thing to click before submitting your data for an upload. Where is this mainly overlooked on a consumer basis? Social media.
In social media, you could be signing your rights away to the data and information you are putting on their platform. You may think that having tailored ads for your preferences is time-saving for you, but it also means you agreed to allow that service into your data at one point or another.
Since Mosaic can’t be there to walk you through every consumer-based move on the Internet, we recommend you paying closer attention when entering personal information on the next site you visit.
On the commercial side, Mosaic is able to provide you with unique cloud solutions and security practices, or offer the services of their valued partners.
Nasuni, a leader in next-gen enterprise storage, provides a unique deployment for storage in the cloud. They encrypt the data before it goes from a user’s location to the cloud, but Nasuni does not own it. They hand over the encryption to the user, much like a storage-unit provider would hand over that unit’s key.
That is the premise behind who owns the data placed in cloud computing. The cloud is a secure environment where you can conduct business as if it were your own data center. If secured properly, there shouldn’t be any access from the outside.
Interested in seeing how secure your data center is, or for implementing further solutions? Mosaic is more than happy to discuss recommendations and the options with you. To continue the conversation about this value-added service and receive more information, contact a Mosaic representative today!