iCloud Raises Serious Data Security Concerns
Toney Bradley writes on PC World:
One of the biggest announcements from Apple at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was the unveiling of iCloud. One crucial element was missing from the Apple magic show, though--will the data be secure?
Apple's iCloud will wirelessly upload music, e-mail, contacts, calendars, and other data, and seamlessly sync and update all associated PCs and iOS devices. The functionality sounds awesome, but you don't have to dig far to find stories of wireless data being intercepts, or data stored online being hacked and compromised.
A simple phishing scam or socially engineered attack could easily dupe a user into surrendering username and password credentials that will expose the data stored in iCloud. In order for iCloud to be a success, Apple has to assure consumers and businesses that the data is protected.
Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations for nCircle, warns, "Apple's iCloud announcement is missing enterprise security content, and we saw the same thing with the iPhone introduction. They left almost all of the enterprise level security and compliance questions about iCloud unanswered."