Companies nowadays increasingly depend on Google’s cloud computing services. Unfortunately, this is not enough, and Google tries to win even more support and confidence for its new Google Apps solutions.
In a period when security is the main concern, Eran Feigenbaum, Enterprise Security Director at Google, made a very interesting analogy between his cloud computing services and 1900’s banks.
“They had to convince us to give them our money, to take the money out from under the mattress and put it in the bank.” – The same system is now alive when it comes to confidence in cloud computing solutions.
Google passes through successive audits in order to obtain certifications in cloud computing security. ISO27001 is the latest certification and one of the most important in the company’s lifetime. Although even Google admits that the classic patterns of certification are not yet applicable to this type of business, the joy of being certified is not impaired in any way.
Companies like Microsoft have already expressed concern about the amount of data that Google gets to work with, without requiring users’ consent to do so – “What happens when the world’s largest advertising business tries to sell productivity software on the side?”
General Prosecutor of the United States and European Union actively opposes to the policy imposed by Google on mixing all information held by a user, on all Google services, behind a single policy of data security. The situation is so serious that most likely will take several years before we can reach a conclusion.
On the other side of the barricade, Google already boasts with more than 4 million businesses that hope to keep data on the Cupertino-based company’s servers. Unfortunately, for things to go in the right direction, there are values and principles that are extremely hard to measure.