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The Cloud is here; now secure it

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 15, 2012
The adoption of cloud computing in Asia Pacific is slower than expected—but industry leaders come together wanting to reverse the trend.

Dave said that the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) establishing its corporate headquarters in Singapore augurs well for the region and will provide the necessary shot in the arm to accelerate the adoption rate here.

The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing. Trend Micro, a global cloud security solutions provider, is the founding sponsor of CSA Asia Pacific.

According to an announcement made on 20 July, the CSA will undertake a three-year strategic private-public partnership with support from the Singapore government to further the security of cloud computing.

As part of the agreement, the CSA will establish a Global Research Centre, Global Standards Secretariat, and Global Centre of Excellence for CCSK training and education in Singapore.

Referring to the CSA, Dave said that three important steps are being taken to strengthen its work in the region. One, there is focus on training manpower to fill the cloud security jobs that will be created as the sector develops. Two, TrendMicro has established a research lab in Philippines to study and thwart threats to the cloud environment. The lab employs 1,000 security experts. Three, CSA is developing industry guidelines to educate end-users on the best practices in cloud security.

At the event, the industry leaders agreed that the need for guidelines would be the single most important factor responsible for ensuring success in cloud.


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