The last week has had a slew of revelations about the extent to which the American government monitors the Internet and routinely intercepts vast volumes of communications and data. It seems George Orwell had it wrong; you do not need a vast bureaucracy to monitor “the people”, just a vast data centre. Guess what the NSA just built?
Pundits like Techvibes are now calling for a “Canadian Cloud”. Someone should grab that URL. Wait! It’s already been done.
What is truly amazing is not the extent of the government intrusion into everyday personal and business communications, processing and storage, but the fact that it took this long for the light to go on among the general public.
I founded Canadian Cloud Computing in 2009 because I saw what was going on in the bowels of the Internet. I started writing about the publicly exposed data back in a December, 2009 blog post.
If ever there has been a time to focus on where your data is located and how it is stored, now is that time.
It is not an easy thing to keep your data secure and private. You need to worry about data in motion and data at rest. You need to control access with multi-factor authentication and vigilantly manage your users and their on-line activities.
And you need a service provider who cares about these things just as much, if not more, than you do.
I am not a Chicken Little, nor am I a paranoid conspiracy theorist; I am an entrepreneur who wants to build and deliver a secure cloud computing service that addresses the concerns of cloud computing users.
Those users are finally starting to realize that they have a problem. And that’s good for business.
Wally Kowal is the founder and president of Canadian Cloud Computing.