PlayStation Store and cloud computing security

By Posted 31 May 2011, 12:22

People are still waiting for the PlayStation Store to come back up, yesterday we suggested that the PSN and PS Store would be more secure than Xbox Live when it returns, today we will look at this claim in some more detail.

A recent Reuters article talks about how the PlayStation Network problems will drag the operating profit down by 14 billion yen (roughly $170 million USD), this apparently takes into account “costs for boosting security measures”, this suggests that a lot of money has been spent on making the new PlayStation Network more robust than before, but cloud computing security is now being questioned.

PCWorld’s Bernard Golden recently published an interesting articled titled “Cloud Security: The 2 Biggest Lies” (read it here), this is a must read for anyone who wants to read detailed information regarding some cloud security lies and misunderstandings. To cut a long story short configuration and management is key, failing to correctly configure your cloud applications will make it vulnerable.

Bernard also points out that cloud computing relies on virtualization, this allows virtual machines on the same server to communicate with eachother without being monitored by security appliances which examine traffic, this means if one virtual machine is compromised it can send dangerous traffic to another without security measures coming into play.

It will be interesting to see if Sony’s PlayStation Network withstands breach attempts in the future, one thing which is for sure is that cloud storage solutions will come over much more scrutiny in the future.

Do you think that the recent PlayStation Network hack will have a negative affect on people’s willingness to adopt cloud storage / computing in the future?