19 May 2011 17:26:41
Issues like eDiscovery and compliance - already among the most important handled by corporate IT departments - are likely to become more complicated with the advent of cloud computing technology, according to lawyer Thomas Shaw.
His new book, he asserts, offers a comprehensive framework for tracking the developing regulatory environment in the cloud. Among other tips, Shaw says it's important to use specialized cloud security and management systems to handle a company's virtualized data.
Shaw also says litigation is likely to be handled somewhat differently by a firm with mostly cloud-based IT, and provides a global breakdown of the various types of law and regulation likely to be affected by the cloud.
The updates are on the way already, in fact - Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy this week proposed a raft of changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act aimed at updating the law to better reflect the exigencies of the modern computing environment. Law enforcement's ability to seize data left on third-party servers for more than 180 days is among those changes.
-McAfee Cloud Security