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Let’s Talk Cloud…and the Silver Lining

June 12, 2013

A message from Vincent Grimard, Chief Security Officer

Lately, the Nelnet Corporate Security Group has been getting a lot of inquiries about cloud technologies and cloud storage. So, I thought it may be a good idea to provide a better understanding of both the advantages and risks that come with this new cloud concept. Whether you’re a business leader, a team member, or just a personal user, here are some things to keep in mind.

A technology cloud is software housed online for easy and affordable access.  It also presents many great opportunities to the user, such as file access from anywhere, music, pictures, etc. Many of us like the fact that we could work from almost anywhere to assist customers and file share. However, as with any new technology, there are risks and rewards, with the main risks being data protection and the protection of our most important asset—our data.

Now, I’m not trying to scare you, not by any means. Overall, I think cloud tech offers many great advantages—for things you wouldn’t mind sharing with the world. As for my private stuff, well I wouldn’t secure it in a cloud. But that’s just one guy’s paranoid opinion, so take that for what it’s worth. Here’s the general rule of thumb I use: Would it be okay if the information I put in the cloud ended up on the front page of the newspaper? If your answer is “yes,” then the use of a cloud solution is probably something that’s ok. If the answer is “no,” then I would look for a more secure solution.

Whether or not you use cloud for personal or professional use, you should look at cloud as an open file cabinet. A possibility exists that someone, even if it’s only a vendor, has the ability to look at your files; and in most cases, vendors will not accept responsibility for a security breach. In other words, if someone else gets into your files, you’re on your own to deal with the repercussions.

Vincent Grimard, Nelnet Chief Security Officer

Vincent Grimard, Nelnet Chief Security Officer

One Comment leave one →
  1. Chris Landreth permalink
    June 12, 2013 9:10 pm

    Post “PRISM” project, is itreally a “paranoid” opinion?? Dropbox was on the list of companies pending to be tapped…

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