Freedom, security and the cloud

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B204


Cloud hosting is cheap. Cloud hosting is easy. What compromises are you making when you deploy to the cloud, both in terms of your security and in terms of your dependency on proprietary software?


Cloud hosting makes sense for almost everybody – it’s cheap, it’s convenient and you don’t have to worry about looking after your own hardware. But, unsurprisingly, there are tradeoffs. You’re relying on software that you no longer control, and you’re depending on your cloud provider to do the right thing when it comes to security – and, perhaps even more insidiously, when it comes to respecting your freedom.

What are some of the practical outcomes of those tradeoffs? How should they influence your security policies? And is it even possible to deploy to the cloud and take advantage of all the benefits of free software?


cloud, security, Freedom

Speaking experience

Matthew has spoken at a wide number of conferences on topics including cloud security and software freedom, including keynoting in 2014 ( and a highly rated presentation at OSCON 2013 (