Safety in the Cloud

David Burg, Tom Archer, Strategy+Business, Mar 15, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Instead of putting up a shield, argues this article, cybersecurity can be found in deep data analytics. "It would defend itself by monitoring activity across all its online systems, studying not just the moves of hackers but the actions of legitimate customers as well." The key to this, write the authors, is to put data into the cloud, and specifically "offerings such as Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft’s Azure." These companies have made major investments in data monitoring and use analysis. They can watch every interaction, every keystroke, and detect intrusion before it happens using pattern recognition. All very good - but who watches the watchers?

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