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Securing Your Storage - Part 1

imageIf you’re going to make use of cloud-based storage, it is a good idea to ensure that you keep it secure.  Unless you are absolutely, positively certain that you will never, ever put anything in there that you wouldn’t want to find in a public place, you’re going to need to consider encryption.

Even if you don’t care about the data, you should really be looking at encryption options.

I’m currently using storage from DropBox, Box.com, SugarSync, SkyDrive and (as of a couple days ago) SpiderOakAnd, no, I don’t have GoogleDrive, nor do I plan to get it.  They’ll have to settle for my Google+, GMail and Android usage.

It is inevitable that there will be attacks against cloud-based storage because “that’s where the data is at” (to paraphrase and old statement about bank robberies).  There are many ways to encrypt data that will ultimately be placed in the cloud, but they run the gamut from “seamless” to “involved”.  One of the primary reasons that people go with cloud-based storage is ease of use.

Because it is convenient to have critical data nearby at all times, I’m starting to take a really hard look at both SpiderOak, SecretSync and BoxCryptor to ease the job securing that data across all my computers and mobile devices.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll report back with how this is working out, along with other options for encryption that I already employ to some degree.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:39 PM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.