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[liberationtech] One third IT managers think can Cloud compute with encrypted data

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at
Tue May 6 04:37:20 PDT 2014

"Caspar Bowden (lists)" <lists at> wrote:

> I downloaded Ponemon/Thales new survey of n=4275 IT managers (United 
> States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil, 
> and Russia)  a couple of days ago by registering here 
> <>, but they appear to have now pulled the report.
> It is remarkable that one third IT managers not only think that it is 
> possible to compute with encrypted data, but that they are doing so already.
> Here's the relevant text (red is my emphasis) and screenshot with graphs
> [If they don't understand this, what else don't they understand about 
> their organization's security?]
> CB
>     *Who controls the encryption keys*

I don't doubt that (at least) one third of the questioned "IT managers"
don't understand their organisation's security, but without a definition
of "control" I'd assume that "Ponemon/Thales" were merely asking who
legally controls the encryption keys.

Otherwise one would also have to mention the people who wrote
the OS, the firmware, the application, people who provide software
and hardware updates, cleaning personal, successful attackers etc.,
even when not looking at "cloud" environments.


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