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Risk assesment on cloud computing

20 November, 2009 (18:17) | A cat called password. | By: Blogkeep

I personally wouldn’t trust my data to the cloud, except maybe my grocery list. And although cloud computing does offer benefits to business in the form of reduced costs, scalability and the promise of 24×7 availability, can you really trust your data or indeed your whole business infrastructure to the cloud? What I have mentioned in a previous blog post is not so much placing trust in a platform, but trusting the custodians of that data, after all, the custodians are just people with all those inherent human flaws and weaknesses.

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) have released a free 123 page report based on an ongoing survey. The report which outlines the benefits and potential pitfalls of cloud computing can be obtained from the ENSIA site.

Quote: “ENISA, supported by a group of subject matter expert comprising representatives from Industries, Academia and Governmental Organizations, has conducted, in the context of the Emerging and Future Risk Framework project, an risks assessment on cloud computing business model and technologies. The result is an in-depth and independent analysis that outlines some of the information security benefits and key security risks of cloud computing. The report provide also a set of practical recommendations.”

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