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The Jericho Forum takes on Cloud Security

Jericho Forum : 28 May, 2009  (Technical Article)
Information technology expert group joins cloud computing security alliance to tackle the emerging challenges of ensuring security in the cloud
Jericho Forum, the high level independent security expert group, and the Cloud Security Alliance, a not-for-profit group of information security and Cloud Computing security leaders, have announced that they are working together to promote best practices for secure collaboration in the cloud. Both groups have a single goal: to help business understand the opportunity posed by Cloud Computing and encourage common and secure cloud practices. Within the framework of the new partnership, both groups will continue to provide practical guidance on how to operate securely in the cloud while actively aiming to align the outcomes of their work.

"This is good news for the industry" said Adrian Seccombe, CISO and Senior Enterprise Information Architect at Eli Lilly and Jericho Forum board member. "The Cloud represents a compelling opportunity to achieve more with less but at the same time presents considerable security challenges. For business to get the most out of it, this new development must be addressed responsibly and with eyes fully open. Working together we believe that the Cloud Security Alliance and Jericho Forum can bring clear leadership in this important area and dispel some of the hype and confusion stirred up in the cloud."

'The Cloud represents a fundamental shift in computing with limitless potential. Solving the new set of risk issues it introduces is a shared responsibility of cloud provider and customer alike,' said Jim Reavis, Co-founder of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). 'The Jericho Forum has shown early leadership in articulating and addressing the de-perimeterisation concept. We are proud to join forces with them to provide pragmatic guidance for safely leveraging the cloud today as well as a clear vision for a future of pervasive and secure cloud computing.'

Jericho Forum has lead the way for the last five years in the way de-perimeterisation is tackled and more recently in developing secure collaborative architectures. Last year the group published a Collaboration Oriented Architectures framework presenting a set of design principles allowing businesses to protect themselves against the security challenges posed by increased collaboration and the business potential offered by Web 2.0. The Cloud Security Alliance has engaged, noted and well-recognised experts within crucial areas such as governance, law, network security, audit, application security, storage, cryptography, virtualization and Risk Management to provide authoritative guidance on how to adopt Cloud Computing solutions securely.

Both groups recently published initial guidelines for cloud computing. The Jericho Forum published a Cloud Cube Model designed to be an essential first tool to help business evaluate the risk and opportunity associated with moving in to the cloud. A video presentation of this is available on YouTube and an accompanying Cloud Cube Model positioning paper is downloadable from the Jericho Forum Web site. At RSA in San Francisco, Cloud Security Alliance announced its formation and published an inaugural whitepaper, 'Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing', downloadable from their web site.
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