Tuesday, August 29, 2006

How does hosting affect security?

WritelyGoogle is offering organisations hosted e-mail, calendar, chat and web publishing services under their own domains — so you could for example use gMail with an @yourcompany.com address.

This kind of outsourced technology service is likely to become much more common in future, but are companies thinking through the privacy and security implications of allowing another organisation to hold extremely sensitive corporate data on their behalf? This will be even more relevant as hosted word-processing and spreadsheet tools like Writely are deployed.

Running the Google server software on your own processing and storage devices would be much safer. Although you might want to turn off any automatic software updates…

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