Cloud storage is a choice many organizations have made, but it’s not without its risks, including exposing critical data to surreptitious elements and the challenges associated with jurisdictional hazards. Organizations of all sizes are subject to leaky Internet and leased lines.
As the world shifts away from legacy systems to more agile software solutions, it’s time for a paradigm shift in how to store, access, and archive sensitive data.
Guest article by Scott Sobhani, CEO and co-founder, Cloud Constellation’s SpaceBelt
Morgan Stanley predicts Microsoft cloud products will account for 30 percent of revenue by 2018. Additionally, Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated $2.4 billion in Q4 2015, an increase of 69% over last year. Cloud storage has grown quickly, as business and government organizations have sought ways to securely store and transport their data. It’s a challenge no matter the size of the organization or the type of data center – virtual or physical.
Charting a new course
In order for business and government to meet the service expectations of their customers and constituents, they require an alternative, secure storage, and transport solution. The two primary reasons that an alternative is needed are:
- Questions of jurisdiction – A government jurisdiction could restrict or force the exposure of enterprise information, especially when it has regularly been replicated or backed up to an undesirable jurisdiction at a cloud service provider’s data center. Diplomatic privacy rules are under review by governments intent on restricting cross-jurisdictional access and transfer of the personal and corporate data belonging to their citizens. This has created the requirement for enterprises to operate separate data centers in each jurisdiction – financially prohibitive for many medium-sized enterprises.
- Insecurity in the network – Today’s cloud environments run across hybrid public and private networks using IT controls that aren’t protective enough to stay ahead of real-time cyber security threats. Enterprise data is maliciously targeted, searchable, or stolen. Sensitive data can be subjected to government agency monitoring, and exposed to acts of industrial espionage through unauthorized access to enterprise computers, passwords, and cloud storage on public and private networks.
Headed for the clouds…literally
What if there was a way to bypass the Internet and leased lines entirely to mitigate exposure and secure sensitive data from hijacking, theft, and espionage, while reducing costs both from an infrastructure and risk perspective?
There is a way – and it’s not Earth-based. A neutral, space-based cloud storage network could provide government and private organizations with an independent cloud infrastructure platform, entirely isolating and protecting sensitive data from the outside world.
Enterprise data can be stored and distributed to a private data vault designed to enable secure cloud storage networking, without any exposure to the Internet and/or leased lines. Resistant to natural disasters and ‘force majeure’ events, its architecture would provide a truly revolutionary way of reliably and redundantly storing data, liberating organizations from risk of cyberattack, hijacking, theft, espionage, sabotage, and jurisdictional exposures.
A space-based solution of this kind would not cost more to build than terrestrial networks – in fact, it may even cost less. It would serve as a key market differentiator for cloud service providers looking for solutions that provide physical protection of their customers’ critical information. This is because such a system would need to include its own telecom backbone infrastructure to be entirely secure. While this is extremely expensive to accomplish on the ground, it need not be the case, if properly architected as a space-based storage platform.
It’s not a far-fetched science fiction plotline; it’s only a matter of time until enterprises, governments, and embassies turn to satellites for the centralized storage and distribution of sensitive or classified material, the distribution of video and audio gathered by drones, or the storage and protection of video and audio feeds from authorized personnel in remote locations.
No time like the present
Cloud spending is on the rise precisely because organizations are trying to find the best solution for storing and transporting sensitive data. However, ongoing data breaches call security into question, and jurisdictional issues remain tricky. For all those who’ve ever thought, “There’s got to be a better way” — now there is.
There’s never been a better time for space-based storage, and the technology exists today to make it a reality – a welcome one for everyone searching for a better solution than today’s terrestrial storage options.
Scott Sobhani, CEO and cofounder of Cloud Constellation Corporation and the SpaceBelt Information Ultra-Highway, is an experienced telecom executive with over 25 years in executive management positions, most recent as VP for business development and commercial affairs at International Telecom Advisory Group (ITAG). Previous positions include CEO of TalkBox, VP & GM at Lockheed Martin, and VP, GM, & senior economist at Hughes Electronics Corporation.
Sobhani co-authored “Sky Cloud Autonomous Electronic Data Storage and Information Delivery Network System,” “Space-Based Electronic Data Storage and Network System,” and “Intermediary Satellite Network for Cross-Strapping and Local Network Decongestion” (each of which are patent pending). He holds a MBA from the University of Southern California, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.