28 July 2011 09:00:00
Contrary to what many others have said, the Software and Information Industry Association recently opined that government intervention shouldn't be necessary when it comes to cloud computing.
Instead, the SIIA argued, the cloud should be self-regulated by the industry, and legislation should only pertain to specific sectors, such as the healthcare and financial industries.
One of the major concerns regarding cloud computing - and one that many feel necessitates government regulation - is the issue of security. Many businesses have chastised the cloud's data protection implications, claiming it is inherently insecure.
However, the SIIA asserted that cloud vendors are generally able to provide greater levels of security than the majority of their customers, because data stored in the cloud is centrally protected and governed.
"[F]rom talking to companies, particularly security companies, what’s been made abundantly clear is that the cloud environment is inherently safer in many aspects, including detection and remediation of security problems," SIIA senior director of public policy David LeDuc said, according to the Washington Post.
Many experts have echoed this sentiment regarding cloud security. In addition to central governance, some experts say cloud vendors can dedicate more resources and personnel to ensure information on the cloud remains safe.
-McAfee Cloud Security