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Where's Your Cloud?
Some people think I'm overreacting when I caution against allowing your Cloud computing provider to host your data overseas or outsource your data to a 3rd party that is hosting overseas.
Suppose for a minute that you're hosting your confidential data - case notes, documents, etc. - with a SaaS vendor that has outsourced their data storage or the storage of their backups to a 3rd party whose servers are in China...and you're involved in a matter where you're opposing a Chinese company.
How comfortable are you with that considering events of the last year or so that seem to show that companies adverse to Chinese interests (Google being a notable example) are subject to cyber attack. Are you confident that the Chinese government or other parties there wouldn't take steps to try and compromise your data?
Now certainly they can attack your data even if it's hosted in the U.S., but it's a lot easier if they have physical access to the servers.
Just something to think about.
You can reach Ben M. Schorr at (808) 782-6306 or via e-mail at email@example.com