CAD in the Cloud is not Just a Trendy Idea, it’s also Massively Irresponsible
Here is a Face The Nation report that includes a panel of government types who are now saying things like “the US is being robbed every day”, “they are stealing the next generation of jobs”, “…a great pillaging of wealth”, “$250B – $450B per year…”, electrical grid, financial system, military and consumer product designs, and so on.
It’s 14 minutes long, and worth listening to. Networks are vulnerable, but cloud stockpiles of data are massively attractive targets that you can’t hide. Your company’s LAN and VPN are vulnerable, but these can be shut down and disconnected, which is the ultimate defense. But “the cloud” by its very nature cannot be divorced from design productivity. What are the benefits that can possibly outweigh this kind of downside? Putting pictures of your ski vacation on the web – that’s fine. You want people to see those, and if they are viewed by some guy in an Iranian bunker, who cares? But your product designs cannot be treated in the same way as vacation pictures.
I don’t know what the solution is, but I know one solution is to not make the problem worse by putting data in a place where anyone who wants it will know where it is. You can’t just roll your eyes at this kind of stuff, its really happening.