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Keep Cloud Passwords Private

Keep Cloud Passwords Private

Many of those with executive jobs have already or are thinking about making the transition to the cloud. Not only can this allow employees to access their work documents from any internet-enabled device, but it can provide

Many of those with executive jobs have already or are thinking about making the transition to the cloud. Not only can this allow employees to access their work documents from any internet-enabled device, but it can provide additional scalable storage. However, many are concerned with the privacy protections that cloud providers claim come with the technology.

To calm some security fears, many hosts are explaining that companies should not share their passwords with anyone, including the providers. Ethan Oberman, the CEO of cloud service provider SpiderOak, told Network World business leaders should not be afraid of placing their data in the cloud, but should encrypt the information and not give the host the codes to unlock it, commonly referred to as a zero-knowledge policy.

"We wanted to dispel the myth that just because it's online doesn't mean it can't be private," Oberman noted.

Using a zero-knowledge provider may be a smart idea for companies, many of which have indicated privacy concerns as their biggest reservation when considering cloud migration. A recent InformationWeek report revealed 55 percent of companies are worried about unauthorized individuals accessing important data, making the fear more common than performance and faulty contracts with hosts. 

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