Cloud Contracts Clobbered

Filed under: Policy,Risk,Security — lenand @ 4:36 am
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The Cloud is seen as a potential budget saver for public sector computing.  Commoditised processing power and storage with built in scalability and resilience is in everybody’s option list.  However, there are darker clouds that could dampen progress.

Security Soothsayer, David Lacey, has given us some warnings, blogging “I’ve long believed that Cloud computing will not be taken up by large corporate (sic) until much better legal and security assurances are provided. I’d even go as far as to say that we need a brand new security standard and independent assurance process to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level.

He is right, of course.  Large corporates have lawyers to pay for looking at the small print that we mortals ignore.  ‘Like it or lump it’ seems to be the norm with Web suppliers these days.   It would be so much better if there was some definition of unfair terms and conditions that we could rely on.  Contracts are essential but they must be reasonable, providing legal protection and responsibilities for both parties.

Where I am working, location of cloud facilities is a major concern.  The public sector is paranoid about the implications of the Data Protection Act.  It’s not really the risk of using a trustworthy overseas supplier, but the fear of criticism from the Information Commissioner.


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