4 posts • joined 8 Jul 2010
What about the story of AMZN stealing ideas?
Just a few days ago there was a story about how AMZN has been letting businesses develop and test their ideas in the AMZN cloud - then essentially stealing that idea and releasing it as their own.
There is NO WAY to keep anything from the cloud owner - WTF? As a business owner I sure as heck am not going to trade laziness and ease of use of the cloud to develop an unique idea that eventually gets stolen by the cloud owner once it becomes a viable enterprise.
What Iv'e seen
is due to cost per cpu cycle, many commercial *cloud* hosted sites are vastly restricting SSL usage and not implementing it where they should as well as not handling session management appropriately when they should, and clueless users are sending the keys to the kingdom over unencrypted sessions - ripe for snatching with FireSheep among other ways.
What the SaaS?
SaaS and *Cloud* solely in the name of saving money is short-sighted at best and completely asinine and foolish at worst. Acceptance of these technologies introduces what I believe is an uncontrollable and unacceptable factor into the security equation; the vast unknown black box that is the SaaS or *Cloud* provider and their myriad partners, employees and contractors; of which you have 0 control over.
As far as security is concerned using any services like these is ridiculous. It is hard enough to maintain adequate security and control over your data within a closed corporate environment. Introducing SaaS and *Cloud* to the security posture basically guarantees you have no security posture to speak of...
To quote an old adage, "If you want something done right; do it yourself." This applies to technology and security. Why in your right mind would you trust any third party with sensitive data for any reason whatsoever? Makes 0 sense.
Be Wary of "Talent Management"
Police forces world wide have used psychometric data to help them determine if a candidate is likely to make a good, honest police officer.
As we all know, relying on this psychobabble is an epic fail which has been demonstrated over and over again with each new revelation of a police officer who turns out to be a murderer, rapist or commit other hard core crimes. I am sure that just as many people who would have made good police officers are turned away as those who are hired turn out to be criminals.
Psychometric data is not perfect and I for one would not rely on it when it comes to managing or hiring employees.
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