You could go crazy thinking of how unprivate our lives really are – the omnipresent security cameras, the tracking data on our very smart phones, the porous state of our Internet selves, the trail of electronic crumbs we leave every day.

Susan Orlean in ‘Stay Out of My Dropbox’, The New Yorker, 18 May 2011

The security of data held in the cloud has long been a source of concern for many organisations that have considered its use. Headlines in the press around breaches of cloud platforms and the leakage of masses of personally identifiable data (PID) and proprietary information have driven a perception that cloud platforms cannot be inherently trusted as secure platforms.

However, those looking to use public cloud should first ...

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