In an apparent massive hacking leak, “a flagrant violation of privacy” according to Lawrence, naked photos of Hollywood starlets have been traipsed all over the internet. In an article published by The Telegraph Edd Hardy (Head of Security Assessment somewhere important) said that they were accessed from the cloud server they were hosted on.
Apart from the obvious response which any sane person would have of “why the hell are you taking nude pictures of yourself?!” this is actually quite a useful turn of events for people like me who sell cloud hosted software like NetSuite and SAP By Design.
Although articles like this don’t help with the misconception, it remains true that a major concern for businesses considering cloud is that it isn’t secure enough. Of course, if the cloud weren’t secure, we should all stop internet banking now. Not to undermine these concerns, if you are committing all your business information to the cloud, I get why you really want to make sure it isn’t going to be hacked or pilfered. But just a small scratch under the surface and it’s easy to see how everything is not as it seems.
Think about how hard your company works in order to keep your data secure. Think about the amount of time and effort you invest in your own security when your servers are sitting in the next room. Now imagine the amount of energy and money invested by big multinational, market leading companies like SAP and NetSuite. Would they really compromise your data by allowing someone to guess your password through the recovery function?
Of course not. NetSuite, for example, employs round the clock monitoring tools and a dedicated team of security experts to ensure security for their customers. Deloitte are so comfortable with the security from these cloud solutions that they have approved it from an auditing perspective. In fact, Forbes ranked Netsuite as one of the top most trusted companies scoring them a near perfect 99.
So in short, Jennifer Lawrence was (*cough*) “exposed” as a result of a mix of high self-esteem, no self-control and really really poor password control.
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Written by Emma Stewart.