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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Trustworthly Computing

Trustworthly computing is a term used to describe dependable secure computing.  The term was first popularized by Bill Gates in January 2002. In his e-mail sent to all Microsoft employees, when he explanied how people need dependable secure computing.
    Looking back, Bill Gates was dead on about how “trustworthly computing” would become a standard for a positive computing experience. In his e-mail, he focused on desktop software and how it needed to meet this standard. I will focus on how a coming generation of computing will need to meet this standard.
    As time goes on, we are using more online services and mobile devices opposed to tradional desktop PCs. As we make this transition, we have a few primary concerns, the most important of which is security.  One of the common questions is “How well will are online data be protected”? Since we are essentially moving to a new platform. We are opening up a new gateway for hackers.
    In order to transition people to the cloud, online services will need to satisfy consumers and businesses by embracing security standards. Security is the primary reason that is holding cloud computing back. Companies such as Microsoft and Google are working hard to reduce this concern.  Tho, as cloud computing becomes more popular. So does the threat to online security.
    It will be interesting to see how companies handle these threats going forward. The transition to the cloud will not happen overnight. Many web-based applications are no where near as full-featured as desktop software yet. Online security will also evolve and improve. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming years.

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