Microsoft recently released a tech preview of Live Mesh “cloud computing” service that enables over-the-Internet file and device synchronization among all your PCs (and eventually your Macs and Windows Mobile devices, too). But with all this sharing going on, what about security? This article takes a look at the security implications of cloud computing in general and Live Mesh in particular, and what mechanisms Microsoft has built in to protect your “meshed” devices and data.
How secure is the Cloud?
Before we focus on Live Mesh in particular, it is appropriate to ask a few questions about the security of cloud computing in general. Gartner released a report earlier this summer, which emphasizes the fact that although the risks can be ameliorated by selecting the correct cloud provider and taking steps to address the threats, cloud computing does pose considerable security concerns.