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Reporters' Roundtable Podcast: Cloud 'dangers'

Can you trust your personal or business data in the cloud? This week, CNET senior writer Stephen Shankland and cloud security expert Christofer Hoff discuss what it takes to make a cloud service safe.

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This week we are covering the dangers of cloud computing. Get it? With the major loss of consumer data for the Sidekick smartphone users--the Sidekick is made by Danger, a Microsoft company--the whole idea of "cloud" safety has been brought front and center for consumers.

Businesses, likewise, are wondering if they are exposed to similar risks when they put their apps and data in the cloud.

Can we trust the cloud?

Our guests to discuss this topic are CNET senior writer Stephen Shankland and Christofer Hoff, author of the Rational Survivability blog, which is about this very topic. Hoff is director of cloud and emerging solutions at Cisco System and thus has a vested interest in keeping the cloud safe and profitable.

Watch this: The Dangers of cloud computing


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Reporters' Roundtable #7: The dangers of the cloud

Show notes and talking points...

Shankland, you just came from the Gartner conference, what's the take from there?

Hoff, what happened with the Sidekick outage? Was it a failure of "the cloud"?

There have been real cloud failures. Amazon AWS has had outages, and CTO Werner Vogel had to hit the road to beg forgiveness. What happened there?

Discuss other failures? Gmail, Magnolia, Swissdisk.

A question for small business: is your data safe when it's intermingled with other companies' stuff?

Discuss new and fun ways clouds could fail.

Two kinds of failure: Failure to access and real data loss.

The consumer dilemma: safety vs. lack of privacy, control. Discussion.

The business dilemma: cost vs. control, security and compliance. Discussion.

How do you know you can trust a cloud provider?

What skills are needed by customers?

Hoff recommends: Cloud Security Alliance

Next time on the Roundtable:

Tim O'Reilly and David Carnoy on "The future of the book." Don't miss it!

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