New York City, (NY) September 22, 2011 — Amazon, Microsoft, and Sony are examples of just some companies that have recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons, having had their cloud computing efforts breached by unethical hackers. EC-Council, an international information security certification body, reports that without proper infrastructure and cryptanalysis training, usage of cloud computing may never be a fully secure platform for individuals or businesses.
Jay Bavisi, the President of EC-Council, says that even though general cloud architecture is relatively secure, it is easy for irreparable damage to be done to online stored data once the first layer of security is breached by an intruder.
Cloud-based services require an operation and management method similar to enterprise systems, demanding well-encrypted data with secure physical locations. With cloud services, every piece of data is stored on a physical hard drive or in solid state memory. This data is thus accessible to anyone with an Internet connection,
further highlighting the importance of secure protection.
Most cloud-computing is utilised by users on-the-go, downloading and uploading information on their smartphones and other mobile devices. Global service providers such as Research In Motion (RIM) are focusing on cloud-based services that empower small businesses to centrally manage their company’s and employee’s BlackBerry® smartphones by storing all business-related content in the cloud.
Additionally, a Delloitte report also stated that wireless telecommunications companies in the US could invest $25 to $53 billion in fourth-generation cellular wireless networks between 2012 and 2016 as a possible solution to solving domestic employment woes. Cloud computing, it seems, is here to stay.
Bavisi also says that “cloud computing is fast becoming a repository for supporting applications, storage, and a variety of computing services, making advanced encryption mandatory for the future”. Currently, educating oneself on advanced cryptanalysis appears to be the only solution available to tackle security and privacy concerns, while stillreaping the low-cost benefits of being an early adopter.
EC-Council offers such cryptography courses, namely the Cryptography Deep Dive (615), which teaches its students the history of cryptography, modern cryptographic methods, and how to use techniques like cryptanalysis to break encryptions.
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. It is the owner and creator of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), and as well as many other programs that are offered in over 60 countries through a global training network of more than 450 training partners. For more information on cryptanalysis, visit http://www.eccouncil.org.
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