Sidekick Disaster Shows Data's Not Safe in the 'Cloud'

In one respect, this lack of trust is a good thing. As consumers, we have been given fair warning, and should never allow ourselves to be blindsided again. And, if I was a company right now that provided any good or service connected with any kind of information Cloud, I would be putting plans in place right now for secure, redundant and back-up information storage -- because the next company this happens to will have no excuse.

This is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michael S. Malone is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the ABCNews.com "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.

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