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Opinion: Infosec pros must advocate for cloud computing in IT
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of October 2011
It’s no surprise that the use of cloud computing in IT is receiving a lot of attention. Government and the private sector are both desperate to save money, and cloud providers, with their pay-as-you-go pricing models, promise a quick way to cut capital expenditures. But what about security? That seems to be the main point of contention stopping many organisations from taking full advantage of the new utility computing model. They just don’t know if it’s safe. This presents the security professional with a great opportunity. So often in the past, security people have acquired a reputation for saying ‘no’ to everything and blocking progress; now is their chance to make things happen and become a business enabler. Security people should evangelise the benefits of the cloud, while showing any major transformation of business processes needs to be based on sound risk-based principles. That way, organisations can avoid embarrassing mistakes and also take full advantage of the benefits cloud can bestow. The sooner organisations come ...
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Features in this issue
While UK companies seem eager to move to the cloud with little thought for security, industry bodies are trying to raise awareness of the risks.
Attorney Stewart Room discusses three critical focus areas that will help organizations avoid cloud computing legal issues and SLA conflicts.
Can UK public sector IT overcome its fear of cloud computing risks in order to reap badly needed savings?
Columns in this issue
UK Bureau Chief Ron Condon says by promoting the use of cloud computing in IT, infosec pros have a chance to finally say ‘yes.’