Locking the feds and thieves out
So should consumers add security to their cloud storage repositories to keep their data even more secure from prying providers and government snoops? Absolutely, says Heiser.
That’s because many data breaches involve frustrated service provider employees who see treasure-troves of data as a way to make a quick buck. “There are repeated stories … of rogue employees who collect data to sell to credit card fraudsters,” Heiser said. “It is an issue with provider staff morale.”
Apart from downloading freeware, such as TruCrypt, and encrypting every folder or file before it’s uploaded to the cloud, new automated tools are emerging that handle the job of cloud storage security more seamlessly.
SafeNet, for example, just launched a beta of SafeMonk, which adds a secure encryption log-in to Dropbox. Essentially, the data you store in Dropbox can’t even be accessed by Dropbox itself because users get to keep the encryption keys.
Ironically, SafeNet also happens to be one of the largest suppliers of encryption technology to the U.S. government.