To answer the questions lingering in the minds of executives and government leaders across the country, academic researchers are moving forward to determine the best practices to improve cloud computing security.
Nir Ksherti, a cyber crime expert and associate professor of business administration at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, recently gave an address to the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union urging for standardization in cloud computing security.
Just as the cloud has developed to meet the business needs of today’s organizations, Ksherti claimed, security must follow suit. Without proper data protection standards, moving all this information to the cloud would be for naught.
“Cloud security is the major concern now,” Kshetri said, according to UNCG’s University Relations department. “Cloud providers have very, very sophisticated technology, but it is nascent, or emerging, technology. As a very new area, whatever security mechanisms have been used in the past, they might not be applicable to the cloud, so they have to develop new types of security.”
Others in academia are looking to act upon this call for cloud computing security enhancements. At the University of Illinois, a $6 million project funded by the U.S. Air Force will go toward a major center for cloud computing, according to a recent report from the News Gazette. Tasked with spreading innovation in data security and cloud operations, the Air Force is helping UI launch a new University Center of Excellence in Assured Cloud Computing center.
According to the report, “members of that institute will perform research, provide technical exchange and educate professionals and students in the secure cloud computing sciences.”
The research could provide much-needed relief to a cloud sector that is looking for new ways to secure the technology in a cost-efficient manner. A study released by the Ponemon Institute earlier this month found that cloud vendors allocated just 10 percent of their budgets for cloud computing security.