During the recent Salesforce.com Dreamforce 2011 conference, European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes underscored the important role security must play in the expanded adoption of cloud technologies.
Kroes was joined by government officials from the United States and Japan for a highly anticipated discussion of digital agendas. According to ZDNet Asia, the European delegate spoke to the range of benefits cloud computing can offer public and private sector enterprises across her home continent. A primary advantage of the technology is its potential for significant cost savings, she stated.
"As cloud users, including public sector organizations, look for better value-for-money, we can expect productivity gains across Europe's economy as a whole," said Kroes, according to the news outlet.
But before organizations can leverage these benefits, a number of cultural changes may need to occur. The EC official noted that enhancing the trust and security surrounding the new technology will be crucial to its widespread adoption. Kroes and her colleagues will be facing this challenge head-on.
"A clear role of governments is also to ensure that European achievement, such as effective data protection and the European Union's single market, do not clash with cloud computing," said Kroes, according to ZDNet.
Earlier this year, the EC announced that it was considering possible revisions to data breach management regulations. The council gathered opinions from private organizations, data protection authorities and EU officials to assess the current state of policies.
The EC is still in the process of gathering feedback and forming its ultimate decision. Although amendments are not necessarily guaranteed, reviewing data security legislation is an important practice as threats continue to evolve. And if revisions occur, the standardization of strong regulations could go a long way toward providing a safer environment for organizations to explore cloud computing.