The Edward Snowden effect: CSA CEO on U.S. cloud provider security

By leaking thousands of pages of classified material detailing U.S. government cyberespionage tactics, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has affected the perception of how secure data is if it's stored by U.S.-based cloud providers. Amid allegations that the NSA taps WAN links between cloud providers' data centers, some industry observers have questioned whether cloud data is truly secure if the cloud resides in the U.S.

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Video: CSA CEO Jim Reavis recaps announcements at the 2013 Cloud Security Alliance Congress

In this interview at the 2013 Cloud Security Alliance Congress, Cloud Security Alliance CEO Jim Reavis discussed the Snowden fallout and its effect on cloud provider security. While Reavis called the NSA surveillance allegations "quite concerning," he noted that companies throughout the world constantly struggle with data security.

"This is not [only] a U.S. issue," Reavis said. "The next Snowden leak that happens, and it's coming, is not going to be about the United States. It's going to be about some other countries."

In response, Reavis said cloud providers need to start "stepping up their game" to ensure they provide transparency to customers regarding the extent to which they respond to government data requests and take action to implemented trusted, end-to-end data encryption.

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