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Do cryptographic keys belong in the cloud?

January 24, 2019 / Brian Jenkins

Thanks to the cloud, organisations of all sizes can enjoy scalability, ease of use, and significant savings by outsourcing hardware and software ownership and maintenance in multi-tenant environments. Medium-sized companies no longer have to pay to build their own infrastructure, which makes the cloud especially appealing to this market.However, the cloud still suffers from security issues. Migrating critical data and applications to the cloud is comparable to leaving your house key under the door mat. You have outsourced not only your infrastructure but the encryption keys to your sensitive data and files as well.Strong cloud security requires an assessment of encryption key controls. Unless you exclusively control the encryption keys to your data, you could be at risk. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the cloud and it’s one of the reasons why we continue to get apologetic emails notifying us that our data has been compromised.