Key leaders within both the information security and cloud computing industries announced the formation of the Cloud Security Alliance, to be formally launched at the RSA Conference 2009, in San Francisco on April 21, 2009.
The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization 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.
The Cloud Security Alliance has engaged noted experts within several fields, including governance, law, network security, audit, application security, storage, cryptography, virtualization, risk management and several others, in order to provide authoritative guidance to securely adopt cloud computing solutions.
Alan Boehme, Cloud Security Alliance founding member and Senior Vice President of IT Strategy and Architecture at ING says that this guidance is timely:
Enterprises need pragmatic advice to qualify and engage with cloud providers in a way that is in alignment with organizational risk tolerances. We also need the flexibility to use cloud services for business needs of varying levels of sensitivity. It is important to me that the Cloud Security Alliance’s recommendations are being driven by leading practitioners.