What Are the Issues Around Cloud Computing?
Released on: July 22, 2011, 3:06 pm
commissum explain all the issues of cloud computing, and
explain all about the benefits it can bring small companies.
When we mention cloud computing to our SME clients as a possible solution for the
cost effective management of their services, we often get asked “but what are the
risk of trusting our information to someone else?” At commissum we believe that many
of the issues relating to cloud computing are not new and should be considered for
all relationships with service providers, although there are a few specific
considerations to be made.
Using cloud computing, organisations can contract service providers to provide
infrastructure, platforms and, presently more commonly software. These services
enable convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable
resources such as networks, servers, storage, applications and other services,
provided and released with minimal management effort or interaction of the service
provider. The advantages of scalability, reduced lower overhead costs and
flexibility are clear and allow organisations to focus on core competencies instead
of devoting resources on IT operations.
Most companies have policies and processes in place to deal with commercial
relationships with IT service providers. Although these policies and processes will
equally work well with cloud services many still do not sufficiently cover the risk
related to the security of information.
Applications which are to be provided by a cloud service require the same risk
assessment considerations as those provided by a traditional service provider.
What if the solution is:-
· failing to deliver the required business value;
· not performing to the levels agreed;
· not integrated with the existing in-house services;
· unavailable and causes delays and reputational damage;
· suffered from breaches in integrity and confidentiality of information.
But commissum’s Principal Assurance Consultant André
Coner suggests that the following considerations specific to cloud computing should
· Maturity of the cloud service provider and service provider on-going concern issues;
· Complexity of compliance with laws and regulations;
· Legal issues around liability and ownership relating to different hosting countries;
· Storage of personally identifiable information in other countries;
· Consider the much greater dependency on third parties and reliance on external
· Greater reliance on Internet connectivity;
· Security issues of public, community and hybrid cloud environments;
With 20 years of experience, commissum is adept at offering practical advice and
recommending cost-effective solutions, to deliver a joined-up, coherent approach to
protecting an organisation's information assets.
Contact Details: Quay House,
142 Commercial Street,
0845 644 3217
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