Benefits & Risk assessment

“Cloud computing offers a host of potential benefits to public bodies, including scalability, elasticity, high performance, resilience and security together with cost efficiency. Understanding and managing risks related to the adoption and integration of cloud computing capabilities into public bodies is a key challenge. Effectively managing the security and resilience issues related to cloud computing capabilities is prompting many public bodies to innovate, and some cases to rethink, their processes for assessing risk and making informed decisions related to this new service delivering model”.

“Security & Resilience in Governmental Clouds Making an informed decision”. ENISA Report, January 2011.

With the contribution of Philippe Massonet, CETIC – Reservoir Project, Belgium

There are different types of risks associated with Cloud computing: policy and organizational risks, e.g. vendor lock-in; legal risks, e.g. data protection and technical risks, e.g. isolation failure. CETIC has brought important insights into risk management.
Important studies on the benefits and risks associated with Cloud computing have been supported by the European Networking and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Important contributions have also come from a study conducted by the World Economic Forum highlighted in the speech delivered by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Towards a European Cloud Computing Strategy, at the WEF Meeting in Davos in February 2011.

Read more:

Survey – An SME perspective on Cloud Computing, November 2009

Cloud Computing Information Assurance Framework, November 2009

Security and Resilience in Governmental Clouds – Making an informed decision, January 2011

World Economic Forum: Exploring the future of Cloud computing: Phase II, Stakeholder consultation: key issues for discussion, draft v1.0, November 2010