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On Google, e-mail security and cloud.


January 13, 2010 7:49 pm





Today’s announcement about Google and China has created thousands of headlines and set the IT industry abuzz.

The fact that Google was hacked by cybercriminals is hardly surprising. The fact that these criminals would go after email in the cloud is not surprising, either. After all, e-mail is the most visible, most popular and to many people, most important application running in the cloud today. The fact that Google would consider pulling its entire business out of China because of these hackers just emphasizes the importance of security in the cloud, while raising some old questions about the security of Gmail – issues we have discussed in the past.

However, today’s news also carries a broader message for all IT vendors. As we increasingly move applications to the cloud, we have to focus on security. Until we can guarantee security of all applications in the cloud, adoption of cloud computing will continue to lag. Security is already the leading concern among IT executives considering cloud as part of their IT infrastructure, and the news from Google will only accentuate this concern. Identity and security management needs to be intrinsic to all applications deployed into the cloud. This is the premise behind Novell’s approach to the emerging intelligent workload management market.

Novell’s collaboration strategy is to ensure that our solutions are secure, regardless of whether they are running in the cloud or on-premise. Used by organizations in more than 120 countries around the globe, Novell GroupWise has built its reputation on delivering secure access to the information that people need to be productive. And with the recent announcement of Novell Pulse, Novell is bringing secure email and real-time collaboration to the cloud.

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  1. I think you mean “email in the cloud” instead of “email is the cloud”

  2. By:Bob-O-Rama

    So is Novell willing to put its money where is PR mouth is?

    Have GW 8 on SLES 11 in the cloud hacking contest. Set up 1000 GW user accounts with ordinary user names. You send a message to each account with a secret key. First person to obtain a message with a valid secret key from a stored message on the system wins $100,000. To cover exploits of access protocols, for every of the 1000 accounts, the message with the key must be retrieved every hour via IMAP, POP, SOAP, WebAccess, and C/S protocol from a remote system. Every hour the root user must login as well.

    Heck, have a “Hack this? Get that!” station at BrainShare. Temporarily locate the server on a physical box and place it under a lexan dome illuminated with blue LEDs ( which everyone knows are the coolest LEDs ) and put it on pedestal at BrainShare – right next to a 3×8′ mock check for $100,000. “”

    — Bob

  3. By:Ian Bruce

    Thanks for the comments. As others have pointed out, the latest news, although still very sketchy, suggest the security vulnerabilities may lie with IE, and the WSJ is reporting that Google has turned off network access to 700 Chinese employees and has launched an internal investigation. There’s still a lot to learn.

    Whatever the cause, this will raise already heightened concerns about cloud security.

  4. Chinese hackers had will to be able to attack Google. I know that we will stop future infilatrations.


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