The recent events involving the American National Security Agency (NSA) emphasises the need for secure data storage, data encryption, data protection and a review of where your data assets are located. It also reaffirms the Isle of Man’s position as a trusted, stable and secure place to locate your key data assets.
Over the past few months, it has been alleged that the NSA is secretly spying on and intercepting communications destined for leading service providers and datacentres in the USA, such as Google and Yahoo. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, this type of activity has been occurring for some time and it is alleged even foreign governments are the victims of this surveillance. One such leak claims that in a 30 day period, the collectors had processed 181,280,466 new records, encompassing things like e-mails, text and video.
The activity is demonstrated from a slide alleged to have featured in a NSA presentation. It features a sketch on a post-it note showing how the Google Cloud is “exploited”. These revelations clearly demonstrate the need to carefully consider where your data and, just as importantly, your clients key data assets are located. You need to consider where the data is stored, how it is transported and does encryption feature end-to-end? This data could be your production or live data or the data that forms part of your disaster recovery plan.
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