Into The Cloud: What's The Security Risk?

By  Susan Nunziata — September 08, 2008

With behemoths Google and IBM beating the drums for cloud computing (and Dell going so far as to try, unsuccessfully, to trademark the term) the topic is likely to be among the discussions at this week's CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference in San Francisco and next week's Interop/Mobile Business Expo in New York City.

Cloud computing is at the core of what IBM is touting as its largest information infrastructure launch ever. The company says its new offerings are designed to enable businesses, governments and other institutions to transform static data managed in silos into more dynamic information that is accessible by individuals wherever they go in a cloud computing environment.

It's essentially what Adobe is taking advantage of when it launches Photoshop.com Mobile later this month. Although it's reportedly only going to enable upload and download of photos from Windows Mobile devices initially, editing features and other functions can't be far behind.

Indeed, the BBC reports Adobe's business development manager in the U.K. saying "I think PCs are going to get more powerful and cheaper, and people are going to still buy them. So the best of both worlds will come when those desktop applications work really well with cloud services."

While cloud computing undoubtedly holds promise for mobile business applications, Ben Halpert, Mobile Enterprise's Security columnist and a member of our Editorial Advisory Board, cautions that there a number of security factors enterprises should be considered before sending applications cloud-ward. Read his column, Securing The Cloud.

The enterprise implications of cloud computing were also tackled by Mobile Enterprise Editorial Advisory Board member Philippe Winthrop, an analyst at Strategy Analytics, in his blog earlier this summer.



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