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New EU Agency Report on Governmental Cloud Computing Security in EU

BRUSSELS Greece January 17, 2011

Daniele Catteddu

The Agency concludes that private and community clouds appear to be the solutions that best fit the needs of public administrations if they need to achieve the highest level of data governance. If a private or community cloud infrastructure does not reach the necessary critical mass, most of the resilience and security benefits of the cloud model will not be realised.

Udo Helmbrecht

The report makes several recommendations to governments and public bodies, including:

     - National governments and the EU institutions should investigate the     concept of an EU Governmental cloud.      - Cloud computing will soon serve a significant portion of EU citizens,     SMEs and public administrations. National governments should thus     prepare a cloud computing strategy and study the role that cloud     computing will play for critical information infrastructure protection     (CIIP).      - A national cloud computing strategy should address the effects of     national/supra-national interoperability and interdependencies, cascading     failures, and include cloud providers into the reporting schemes of     articles 4 and 13 of the new Telecom Framework Directive (     http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/internal_market/single_market_services/l24216a_en.htm).  

Read the full report and all recommendations: http://www.enisa.europa.eu/act/rm/emerging-and-future-risk/deliverables/securi ty-and-resilience-in-governmental-clouds/

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The original and valid version of this release is the English. Translations are for the purpose of media distribution only, the English takes precedence over them in every detail.

SOURCE ENISA – European Network and Information Security Agency

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