During the recent RSA Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, technology giants Google and Microsoft agreed that the time has come to “stop fearing cloud security and embrace the future“, according to an article published on the CNet website. According to this report, representatives from both companies clearly explained their positions on cloud security during a panel session attended by other notable industry experts who also shared their thoughts.
The article indicates that both Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Google’s Director of Security for Google Apps Eran Feigenbaum stances on this subject “were so close that they could’ve given each other a bear hug.” Comments from other panel members, specifically those of security expert Bruce Schneier, were quoted in the article saying, “Fundamentally, ‘cloud‘ means to me your data on somebody else’s hard drive. Do I trust that other legal entity with my data on their hard drive? In some ways, this is no different than the levels of trust that we have had to have through the years. Vendors can screw our security, make bad decisions, lie to us.”
Additional comments from other panel members followed, according to the report, but both Google and Microsoft responded clearly to establish their positions on the subject. With the example of Microsoft and Google using each other’s cloud services put in the air, the article quoted Microsoft’s Arsenault response to clarify by saying, “We do outsource a number of business components today,” but then reminding, “we always have a motivation to use our own software first.” Google’s Feigenbaum was then quoted in the article to add, “We do use some competitors’ cloud [systems] today. Some of their services are better than ours, and some of them use ours. It comes down to trust.” Schneier came back to add, “We fundamentally blindly trust. We trust licensing, we trust litigation, there’s a lot of systems we have for when trust fails. All these critical apps are a very human system,” and thanks to the cloud, computing is moving back toward trust“, according to the report.