Recent major security issues like the RSA SecurID hack, or the Epsilon and Sony breaches, make one wonder whether lightning has not been striking a bit too often. Ironically hackers are developing a preference for using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which can be used almost anonymously, for carrying out their activities. Amazon itself has recently suffered from significant outages in their Elastic Block Store (EBS) service, which it has recently explained in a very detailed and technical statement, although we can only guess what the real or complete details behind these problems might be.
Surprisingly, the Ponemon Institute’s recent Security of Cloud Computing Providers study reveals that cloud providers do not put security as the No. 1 concern in providing their services:
Imagine if your local bank where you keep your money did not treat locking its doors and vaults as its first priority.
It is reminiscent of parking lot tickets, where the fine print on the back disclaims any responsibility towards the customer beyond renting them a parking space.