Corporations with vested interests are forever extolling the virtues of the cloud. They are even prepared – in the process engaging in deceptive and misleading conduct in breach of trade practice-type legislation – to confidently assert (based on what one has to query!) that the cloud is secure. It clearly isn’t….. as hardly a day goes by without a report of a significant breach of security somewhere in the world because this or that corporation’s data in the cloud has been hacked. Let the stats speak for themselves:
- According to Stopthehacker.com “it takes only 10 minutes to crack a lowercase password that is 6 characters long. Add two extra letters and a few uppercase letters and that number jumps to 3 years. Add just one more character and some numbers and symbols and it will take 44,530 years to crack.”
- Nearly three quarters, 73 percent, of all Americans have fallen victim to some type of cyber crime.
- “In a recent survey it was reported that 90 percent of all businesses suffered some sort of computer hack over the past 12 months and 77 percent of these companies felt that they were successfully attacked several times over the same period of time.”
- “Over 27 million Americans have fallen victim to identity theft over the past five years. 9 million of them found their identities stolen in the last year alone.”
So, there is a hack or a corporation or institution – a la a hospital, as happened recently – is held to ransom. There is undoubtably a loss suffered and a cost associated with what has occurred. Intel Security puts the cost bluntly:
“Not surprisingly, consumers who have had their personal data stolen have turned to the courts for redress.
Two former employees of Sony Pictures filed a class-action lawsuit in December charging that the company failed to properly secure sensitive employee information, such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, salary information, and medical information.
Sony reportedly kept important passwords in unencrypted Word documents with names that included the term “passwords.”
Consumer lawsuits based on data breaches rarely succeed, for a variety of reasons. For example, consumers may not be able to prove that they were actually harmed, but merely that they face the potential for harm.”
- not to trust those who so confidently assert that the data they hold – that is, including yours- is secure from being hacked, and
- better still, use LifeBank and HealthBank – totally off the cloud and fully encrypted – in order to keep secure, and safeguard, one’s private data from prying eyes.