09 September 2011 17:01:02
While security concerns continue to be the biggest impediment to the cloud computing industry, industry players are creating methods of increasing awareness and general comfort levels with the technology. The International Systems Audit and Control Association, a worldwide organization that supports IT personnel and general governance capabilities, recently released a new guide, CIO reports.
According to the source, the guide released by the ISACA specifically addresses some of the best practices for successful and secure control and governance of cloud-based services, such as Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
"Sensitive data, or that which has competitive advantages for organizations, has been retained internally under close scrutiny," Tony Hayes, the Associate Director-General of the Queensland Department of Communities and ISACA international vice president, told the news provider. "Meanwhile, although government agencies are significant investors in IT, to date, cloud computing has been adopted mainly as a concept internal to government."
This remark is certainly true in the United States, where the former federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, launched a cloud initiative that will continue to streamline government IT over the coming years. According to the Federal Office of the CIO, the Cloud First Policy aims to use a quarter of the government's annual $80 billion IT budget to increase the use of the technology.
-McAfee Cloud Security