Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Is Your Cloud Data Safe? Defense Department and K-12 Districts Share Concerns

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Is Your Cloud Data Safe? Defense Department and K-12 Districts Share Concerns

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As schools look to the cloud for software and hardware solutions, concerns about the security of student data may arise. Is the cloud a safe place for birth dates, social security numbers, and other sensitive personal information?

District Cloud Computing turned to an expert for a cloud security primer. Walt Mueller is vice president of engineering with the intelligence and security department at BAE Systems. He leads a team of 1,000 engineers who build cloud data storage systems for the US Department of Defense and national intelligence services.

What exactly happens to information from a school when it goes out into the cloud?

WALT MUELLER: It's put into an environment that shares common hardware with other pieces of information that's out there. The information is partitioned off virtually; that means it may be on the same piece of hardware, but with software in the middle separating one piece of data from another piece of data. …

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