Although more and more cloud newcomers are grasping the essence of the cloud, the challenges are still great. EU or US “cloud regulations” with regard to security and privacy is still a popular topic of discussion in the cloud social sphere. NIST, a US government research organization, with its cloud program is one of leaders in pushing to define the cloud with its “right rules” supported by relevant standards.
“Cloud computing can and does mean different things to different people. The common characteristics most interpretations share are on-demand scalability of highly available and reliable pooled computing resources, secure access to metered services from nearly anywhere, and displacement of data and services from inside to outside the organization. While aspects of these characteristics have been realized to a certain extent, cloud computing remains a work in progress. This publication provides an overview of the security and privacy challenges pertinent to public cloud computing and points out considerations organizations should take when outsourcing data, applications, and infrastructure to a public cloud environment”