By Tom Espiner
May 27, 2009
Sun's U.K. chief technology officer is working with major British public
and private organizations to set up a cross-sector forum to resolve
cloud-computing security issues.
Cloud-computing systems could become as important as the U.K. critical
national infrastructure, and they need to be secured in an appropriate
manner, Wayne Horkan told ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet UK last week.
The Sun executive said he is working on setting up the forum alongside
organizations such as the CBI, Microsoft and Accenture; government
departments such as Berr, Dius and the Treasury; and the government's
chief scientific advisor, Professor John Beddington.
"I'm concerned about the security of the supply," Horkan said at the
Cloud Expo Europe conference in London. "If cloud computing becomes a
utility, it's important to me that the United Kingdom as a nation state
has good security of supply. It's important that the United Kingdom has
the appropriate capability in cloud computing."
Horkan is also concerned about cloud-computing compliance issues facing
the public and private sectors. Most of the major cloud-computing
suppliers, which include Amazon and Google, are US-based. Horkan said
that European organizations using cloud services based outside Europe
face the possibility of not being in compliance with European
data-protection law, as sensitive customer data could be inappropriately
shared, or exposed through legal discovery.
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