Amazon Web Services' GovCloud (U.S.) received provisional authorization to handle data under levels 3 to 5 from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday. AWS is the first cloud service to win approval at the 3 to 5 levels.
The most popular uses of cloud services include: storing image scans of passports and other personal documents; synchronization of password, contact list, and email/message databases; creating sites; storing versions of source codes, etc. When cloud-based data storage service Dropbox announced a patched vulnerability in its link generator, it once again sparked online discussions about how important it is to encrypt confidential data before uploading it to an online storage, even a private one. Well, File encryption (FLE) does indeed protect confidential information stored in the cloud, even if there are vulnerabilities in controlling access to user documents with certain cloud storage services.