Cloud Computing ‘A Security Worry’

November 9, 2011 No Comments

SOURCE: The West

A rise in the popularity of “cloud computing” systems could pose new security threats and a legal minefield for law enforcement agencies, a technology expert has warned.

Cloud computing allows users to outsource their computer software and storage requirements over networks to IT specialists, reducing costs and simplifying the use of the system. But such systems have been identified as a potential problem for law enforcement, with questions raised over issues of jurisdiction, privacy and security.

Edith Cowan University security and network technology senior lecturer Andrew Woodward said police might have trouble locating and accessing cloud computer servers, securing co-operation from other jurisdictions and recovering data if a cloud system failed.

There were also potential privacy concerns and he believed it would pose problems in the future because the popularity of cloud systems was on the rise.

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