Microsoft researchers have come up with hack-free cloud storage. If infiltrated, data would only be understandable with the user’s decryption key.

We found this interesting topic on SlashGear in their article, “Encrypted cloud could lead to hack-proof data.” This new solution is not going to replace most cloud-computing installations due to the processing power it requires, but it is good enough for basic statistical shuffling of the sort that’s done on health research data – an important area of data that needs protecting.

While encrypted cloud data would require indexing and searching, it also provides another layer of security. Without the decryption key, even if a server were hacked and data stolen, it would be considerably more challenging to make use of the data.

Melody K. Smith

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