PRISM turned up the volume on cloud security conversations


Use of public clouds can lower capital expenditures, lessen technical complexity and help the cause of scalability — well, at least vendors say so. The security of that model is less widely agreed on, even years after Amazon (s amzn) came out with EC2 and S3 and got the public cloud moving.

The conversation about cloud security got more interesting following revelations on the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, even if many people figured that such government snooping was possible if not already happening. After talking with executives at a few cloud providers, it sounds like the PRISM news hasn’t necessarily lowered inquiries about public cloud services. What it is has done is prompt more questions about security.

“I think it might make some people think twice about where they locate a service and where the service they use is,” said Joe Baguley, chief technology officer for Europe, Middle…

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