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The change to S3 is a positive move to protect customer data, according to Dave Raffo, senior analyst at Evaluator Group. Customers expect data encryption by default, which has become an unofficial industry standard, and might assume incorrectly that S3 provided this same service.
“The big change is everything you send to S3 is being encrypted,” Raffo said. “You get the benefits without having to upgrade. … The users are expecting and want it. Security is a hot topic nowadays.”