New groups offer businesses cloud security guidelines

September 7, 2012

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has been busy setting up multiple groups that tackle security concerns and privacy issues in the cloud. Recently, the CSA has formed the Big Data Working Group for security solutions and proposed the Privacy Level Agreement Working Group to create privacy guidelines, according to reports.

Compliance for big data
Fujitsu Laboratories of America has partnered with the CSA to create the Big Data Working Group. The group's goal is to address security and privacy issues that go along with the integration of big data systems, according to IT Wire's Stuart Corner. Through collaborative research, the group plans to identify techniques and best practices for privacy and big data security.

The group also aims to release guides on cloud infrastructure, data analytics for security and governance, and other topics that will be available to help companies adopt data protection, according to the source.
CSA guides European companies
The Privacy Level Agreement Working Group was recently proposed to the European parliament by the CSA. The goal for this group is to work closely with the EU to provide cloud vendors basic regulatory compliance guidelines. improving communication between cloud providers and users, according to IBM Cloud Pro's Maxwell Cooter.

Most see the privacy group's goal as a way to overcome confusion presented in the market. Daniele Catteddu, the managing director for CSA EMEA, told Cooter that there are 27 different ways to implement data privacy in Europe. This inhibits companies from instituting the cloud because of the number of processes they must go through.

The new framework is meant to make it easier for companies to adopt a cloud computing service and assess how customers are protected.

The alliance's announcement to create the privacy group in Europe follows a report released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which shows that Europeans are not aware of the cloud's capabilities. As it becomes an innovative tool to conduct business around the world, Europe needs to make the necessary actions to avoid falling behind the rest of the world in terms of technology.

Although it can provide businesses storage and flexibility, consumers are still wary of the security risks that come with cloud adoption. The CSA's decision to form these groups is meant to help businesses transition easily and provide resources that help companies and consumers place security in the cloud.

-McAfee Cloud Security