Good News: Swiss Clouds Are Forming Over the Alps

As I wrote in September, there is little doubt that this year’s revelations of NSA surveillance will cause a drop in the revenue of the dominant U.S.-based cloud providers. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released an interesting analysis estimating losses of $22 to $35 billion over the next three years, Forbes writers and other […]
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The Dark Mail Alliance is a Promising Cloud-Based Email Project

“We believe email is fundamentally broken in its current architecture.” That’s the CEO of Silent Circle, a former and hopefully future provider of secure cloud-based email, talking about the Dark Mail Alliance project that Silent Circle and Lavabit are working on. Lavabit suddenly shut down with little explanation and no warning in August. It became […]
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The U.S. Government Has Lost Patience With Your Six Months of Privacy, It Needs Your Secrets Right Now — Part 2

I was writing about the loss of privacy for web-based e-mail last week. Then the PRISM news broke… Some calm public discussion of government surveillance of citizens appeared before the PRISM story exploded. As Bruce Schneier wrote for CNN in March of 2013, “The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves […]
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The U.S. Government Has Lost Patience With Your Six Months of Privacy, It Needs Your Secrets Right Now — Part 1

In Learning Tree’s Cloud Security Essentials course we talk about the USA PATRIOT Act and its chilling effects on use of U.S. cloud services, especially by would-be customers in the European Union. (and we’ve been doing this before the massive PRISM surveillance program was revealed). U.S. cloud providers have made it clear since 2011 that […]
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Security, Privacy and Compliance in the Cloud

I have been teaching Learning Tree’s Introduction to Cloud Computing Technologies course for almost two years now. I also teach the Cloud Security Essentials course. Each time I have taught these courses spirited discussions have arisen concerning the separate but related topics of Security, Privacy and Compliance. For example students that come from a healthcare […]
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